You and I both know how difficult this is to answer because all of us are looking for a nice instructional booklet that gives us the 12 step program – that is, we want an easy to follow manual and those we are asking for advice from want to give us a manual.
One of the characteristics of God that I enjoy most is His creativity. God has shown that in all of creation, nothing is the same. Our figure prints, our DNA, number of hairs on our head, the number of pounding our knees can take, how long we will live – nothing, we are all different.
Yet we approach God as a corporation. He knows what success looks like, therefore, I want to make sure I get into that track and be a successful follower of Christ.
We know in our heads that God is a relationship God, yet when it comes to practicing that we miss it sometimes. God has a specific plan and purpose for each of us – different and unique from others that you know. He is calling you to follow Him – what is His response when you say yes?
Remember the religious person who declared to Jesus that he would go wherever Jesus went – something like a disciple – Jesus told him not to. He told this person to stay where he was and be a light to the people in his life at the moment.
Then another person said, let me bury my father, that person Jesus wanted to follow Him right away and go with Him wherever He went.
The rich young ruler had to sell everything and give it to the poor etc.
Jesus calls each one of us, out task is to ask what that looks like – its between you and Him. Whether you get it right or not, the process of asking and giving yourself to His call is all the Holy Spirit needs to begin to prepare you for your call. It may take a while to heal, restore, prepare, learn, or grow – and then again it might not – but whenever the call comes, the Holy Spirit would have done His job it getting you prepared and strengthened to do whatever Jesus needs you to do.
Someone said to me that it is easier to change the direction of a boulder as long as it is moving – so move forward, love Jesus, love others – go with God wherever you go and in whatever you do.