When you receive a call of God upon your life, it will likely be dramatic. Your heart will pound and it will feel as though fire has been shut up in your bones. But then God will do something strange:
He’ll hide you.
Rarely will Jesus take you directly into the field. Oh, you may dabble here and there, but if the call is truly of the Lord, He’ll normally take you low, slow, and teach you to serve others faithfully. He’ll gift you and then place you in what feels like a desert. This season may seem long and reclusive. You may watch others around you prosper while you gather only daily manna to survive. Haha. But if you remain faithful, it will produce character, trust, and perseverance needed to run the rest of your race.
Now, when God finally does promote you, don’t expect your every neighbor to rejoice. Lol. I’ve discovered you can seek, study, and serve others quietly for a decade – you can work with your hands for years in obscurity, seeing little reward, and the moment He sets you free to run, people will still come out of the woodwork whispering reasons they believe you’re unqualified.
But they weren’t there with you in the hidden trenches of preparation. They may have fled their own, or perhaps your time simply came before theirs. Regardless, God was there. God saw your heart, fashioned it with His hands as a master craftsman. Therefore, He has the final say.
So, when He says “Go,” go! Run forward! Let the naysayers nay. Let the gossipers drown in their own judgments. You were formed in the secret place. Continually go there with the Father and watch what He does. The doors He opens for a faithful son or daughter no man can shut!
[P.S. Of course, our first purpose is to simply know Jesus. But if that were our ONLY purpose, He’d take us home the moment we received Him. In this post, I’m talking about fulfilling the call and kingdom work He’s prepared in advance for us to do during our time on earth.]