II. GOD’S INVESTMENT IN OUR LIFE
When the Lord calls us, He also equips us. God’s design for our life also contains God’s plan for ‘His provisions for us’ to live according to His purposes. Before creating man on earth, God already created the dry ground for him to stand, light in the day and night to see, leafy plants to produce oxygen, trees full of fruits to eat, water to drink, shades to shelter, and a garden to work in. Let’s see how God invested in us to fulfill our calling.
1. ANOINTING & GIFTING: God used Prophet Samuel to anoint king Saul and David for the role of the king of Israel. God anointed Jeremiah for the office of prophet. To fulfill God’s purposes, He has blessed us spiritually with anointing and gifting. We also see that, the Spirit of God gives required gifts to everyone to fulfill their vocational calling (1 Cor. 12:11). For example, prophets were gifted with the gift of prophesy, teachers with the gifts of teaching, and kings with wisdom and discernment. Thus God surely equips us with all the anointing and gifts required to help us fulfill God’s calling for our life.
2. SKILLS & TALENTS: God has also blessed us with unique skills and talents that are required to fulfill our calling. We are well equipped physically, emotionally, and intellectually so as to deliver on God’s plans. Some of them are invested in us even before we were born, whereas some others we developed along the way. Many of our talents we ourselves can find out, while a few others, people can highlight. It is so important for us, not only to be aware of our own anointing, gifts, skills and talents, but also to consciously identify them in EU students and young graduates, so that we can encourage them to enflame and put them to work for God’s glory.
3. EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, EXPOSURE & EXPERTISE:
The Lord also invested in us those things that have professional relevance like our education, job opportunities, job roles, favour (Luke 2:52), promotions (Ps. 75:6,7), exposure, wisdom, and expertise. In Psalm 119, David talks about having become wiser than his elders, teachers, and enemies, by learning God’s precepts. Solomon talked about God’s precepts as the source of wisdom. Usually, job roles come with opportunity for us to fulfill our godly calling while handling our work there. Our Lord will help us further sharpen our expertise and create right opportunities to use it so as to fulfill His purposes for our life.