Every week, I go through the “Girl Talk” section of Project Inspired and look for those seeking advice and counsel. I want to help answer some questions you may have about living out your Christian life and walk of faith! We want PI to be a safe place where you can ask questions.
This week, a PI Girl asked about the verse that says “Seek first the Kingdom and His Righteousness and all those things will be added unto you…” (Matthew 6:33). She asked about her future and wanted to know how she can figure out what God has called her to do, and also asked if her decisions really matter. She feels like she is seeking God’s Kingdom, but wants to make sure. Read the full story and post here.
The first thing I want to address is that yes, righteousness matters and this verse in Matthew 6 is true. We will be held accountable for our actions, behavior and lifestyle. Of course, Jesus is our personal Savior and righteousness, but it’s not okay to intentionally and willfully disobey. Amen?
If we delight in the Lord and His Kingdom, everything will fall into its proper place. The precondition (which requires participation) is that when we delight in The Lord, obey and honor Him (genuinely) and put God first, THEN He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 34).
This isn’t easy, and each person’s journey of faith looks different, but we need to ask and seek God daily. It is a faith walk that will unfold season by season, which is not easy, but God is faithful to provide when you obey Him. Read the full chapter of Deuteronomy 28 to understand how God plans to bless His people when we honor Him. Of course, life doesn’t happen always as planned or in our timing, but God will come through. He never fails us, so you can trust in Him and bank on His promises.
If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country… (Deuteronomy 28:1-3)
See, the precondition is “if” you obey. What does obedience look like? Obviously we all sin and we all need forgiveness and need to repent, but a life of obedience is a life of surrender, worship and honestly asking God HIS plan for our life. We need to look at what He has gifted us with and find a need in our local church home.
How can you figure out your calling? First, start with serving in your church home, helping with your youth group, or ask your parents if you can bring something to the table in regard to the kids’ ministry.
Do you like to bake, sing or baby-sit? Do you dream of being a teacher, nurse, doctor, actress or missionary? Whatever your dream, God placed that gift and desire in your heart…but for HIS glory and divine purposes. The Bible says “God will share His glory with no man” (Isaiah 42:8). Of course there are careers that don’t have pastoral titles or ministry positions, but wherever you are, you can be a light and minister. You just need to find your gifts. The sacrifice, hard work and eagerness to serve God in your talents will pay off and you will eventually see the fruit.
I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. (Isaiah 42:8)
Yes, sometimes we think we want to do it “our” way, just like Sinatra and Elvis Presley sang “I Did It My Way,” but honestly, God’s way is beyond what you can imagine. I know from personal experience (Ephesians 3:20).
If you have someone you admire, maybe reach out to them if possible and see if you can glean from their wisdom, or ask a teacher, parent or youth pastor for advice on how to achieve the goals you desire in a similar career path. Be realistic, patient and also hopeful. Nothing happens overnight; in fact, most successful careers or ministries and legacies are built one brick at a time with much unseen labor.
Read my article on being great and being a servant here.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin… (Zechariah 4:10)
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)
Do you want to know what the Bible says is God’s will for you? It says that His perfect will is when we are thankful and worship Him. We were created to honor, praise, thank and worship The Lord. When we are out of His will, we lose our peace and our joy. Let us genuinely seek Him wholeheartedly and let us humble ourselves to find out God’s plan.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will… (Romans 12:2)
…give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
What do you think, PI Girls? Did this help at all regarding behavior, and living out your calling with a life of obedience?