A few things I learned in the process of God calling one to your purpose while looking at the lives of Gideon (Judges 6) and Jesus’ mother, Mary (Luke 1).
God gives you identity and tells you who you really are!
Gideon: mighty warrior, man of fearless courage
Mary: favored one [endued with grace], beautiful with God’s beauty
It is a natural response to be unsure of who you really are and what God has planned for you…
Gideon: Me? How and with what?
Mary: thoroughly shaken, greatly troubled and disturbed and confused at what he said. How?
God’s assures us that He will be with us…
Gideon: I’ll be with you. Believe me.
Mary: Do not be afraid for you have found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favor and loving-kindness) with God.
We choose how we respond….Is it really God? Vs. Okay, here I am…
Gideon: Show me a sign that it is You
Mary: I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve. Let it be with me just as you say
God gives Gideon a sign
Gideon: fire consumes meat and bread, knows it was the angel of God
Mary: ……… she becomes pregnant….
God RE-assures us…
Gideon: Peace be to you, do not fear, you shall not die
Ask for another sign to be sure….
Gideon: If this is right show me another sign
God gives us another sign…
Gideon: Fleece wet, ground dry
Ask for yet ANOTHER sign…
Gideon: Just one more thing, this time…
God gives yet ANOTHER sign…
Gideon: Fleece dry, ground wet
God promised that He will always be with us. We have grace in His eyes, as a result of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, to live our lives to the full following the calling He has for us. Knowing that we are loved perfectly will remove fear from the equation. PERFECT LOVE CASTS OUT ALL FEAR.
Don’t be afraid. He is with you. Always.
Is God calling you to step into your purpose and calling that seems SO BIG you have NO idea how it will happen?
When He calls you, do you respond with “YES Lord, here I am! Even though I don’t know how” or “How? Give me a sign that it REALLY is You”?
Are you a Gideon or a Mary?
God, please help me to receive GRACE, to trust in Your perfect and unfailing LOVE, and to step into my destiny with FAITH. Help me be a Mary….