“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we?” Romans 12:4-6

Many Christians are obsessed with finding out what they are called to do. They consult books, take “gift tests,” and seek out the counsel of others. Not that there is anything wrong with any of those things!

But sometimes, they miss the point that it’s just as important – if not more so – to know what you aren’t called to do.

When we try to do things which God hasn’t called us to, we’re doing them in our own strength. Nothing but struggle, strife, and failure will result. Sometimes we’re filling a position temporarily because there is a great need, but sometimes we step out of our calling because we’re trying to impress others or get glory for ourselves. Sometimes, we’re doing it because it’s what is expected of us and we feel an obligation to serve in that area.

What’s more, it is a matter of course that if you’re doing what He hasn’t called you to do, you aren’t doing what He has called you to.

If this is you – if you realize that you’re operating outside of what God has asked you to do – it isn’t too late. Begin to take stock of your life and ask what you’re really called to do. Let the Lord lead you into “editing” your service to Him. The point isn’t to figure out what your whole life will turn out to be – it’s to trust Him, little by little, to reveal it to you in His time.

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