I am convinced that God has given each of us a divine calling. He placed our calling in us before we were born. He intricately and purposefully embedded “it” into our DNA, when we were still in our mother’s womb. It was there from the very beginning, waiting to come out and be expressed in our lives. Scripture gives us evidence of this in a conversation God had with His prophet, Jeremiah. The passage reads, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew
When we develop an intimate relationship with God and establish the habit of walking with Him (being led by the Holy Spirit), we are divinely positioned to recognize and walk out our calling, and to have a prosperous and successful life. Success and prosperity God’s way is not limited to money or material things. It means that we are whole and complete, nothing missing and nothing broken in every area of our lives (marriage, physical health, mental well-being, finances, spiritual life, work/career and relationships with others).
Why are some people walking out their divine calling and others not? The answer is really a simple one. God has placed a divine purpose or calling on each of our lives, but recognizing, connecting, and properly utilizing our calling begins with having an intimate relationship with Him. It comes down to knowing and believing your true identity in Christ, and understanding who and whose you are; a graciously blessed child of the Most High God. It comes down to having faith in God’s Word and the covenant (promises) He made to us in His Word. Staying intimately connected to God and His Word are the only ways to know and understand your calling and how to walk it out in your life. All of this requires believing God’s Word and knowing that God is a God who cannot lie. Are you operating outside of your calling or divine purpose because you don’t trust God or believe His Word? Do you question the authenticity of His love for you?
Joseph Had an Intimate Relationship with God and Knew His Calling
Genesis, chapters 37–41, provides us with a detailed look at the early life of Joseph. First we see Joseph as a boy of 17, when God speaks to him in a vision, revealing the divine calling on his life. Over a period of 13 years, Joseph faces many trials and tribulations, but he never questions or doubts God’s calling on his life. More importantly, he never runs from God. He continues to trust God and maintain an intimate relationship with Him. At age 30, Pharaoh frees him from prison and appoints him to the 2nd most powerful position in all of Egypt.
Joseph’s relationship with God and the impact of this relationship on his daily work life are made clear in the passages presented below:
1. “But the Lord was with Joseph, and he [though a slave] was a successful and prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all that he did to flourish and succeed in his hand” (Genesis 39:2-3, AMP).
2. “But the Lord was with Joseph, and showed him mercy and loving-kindness and gave him favor in the sight of the warden of the prison. And the warden of the prison committed to Joseph’s care all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatsoever was done there, he was in charge of it. The prison warden paid no attention to anything that was in [Joseph’s] charge, for the Lord was with him and made whatever he did to prosper” (Genesis 39:21-23).
3. “And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find this man’s equal, a man in whom is the spirit of God? And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Forasmuch as [your] God has shown you all this, there is nobody as intelligent and discreet and understanding and wise as you are” (Genesis 41:38-39).
Walking in the Presence of God
We read in the Gospel of Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us. [Isa. 7:14.]” As Christians, we must remember God is with us and lives in us. He will never leave us or forsake us. His presence, His blessing, His anointing and ability will allow you to succeed and prosper where others fail. God will place His supernatural power on the natural gifts He has given you. With God, through Jesus Christ, you are able to achieve excellence and stand apart from others. We have the Holy Spirit in us to guide us and teach us moment by moment, and situation by situation, everything we need to know.
Genesis 39:1-23 shows us that God’s presence in our lives will be evident and witnessed by others even though they may not understand it; just as it was in Joseph’s life. God not only gives us power and ability, He orchestrates people and situations, opportunities or favor so that others will see our potential and what we are capable of. This is only possible because He is with us and lives in us. Because of God’s grace (undeserved favor) we will experience a heightened level of success in spite of our circumstances, background, education, training, age, race, or sex. God will give us unmerited favor when we believe His Word and in what the blood of Jesus accomplished for us on the cross. Man can only offer us favoritism under circumstances which he alone deems right or just.
What can we expect to see when we trust God and believe His Word in our daily work life? Let’s look at Joseph’s early life for the answer.
1. Favor and preferential treatment (Gen 39:2, 4, 21)
2. Supernatural intervention or divine help (Gen 39:3)
3. Loving kindness and mercy (Gen 39:21)
4. Respect and recognition from others (Gen 39:4, 6, 22)
5. Promotion over others (Gen 39:4, 22-23)
6. Blessings (Gen 39:4)
7. Increase and abundance (Gen 39:5)
8. Prosperity and success (Gen 39:2, 23)
9. Guidance and instruction (Gen 39:9)
10. Protection (Gen 39:12)
Summary and Application
Are you walking with God and being led by the Holy Spirit? Do you have an intimate relationship with Jesus? Are you walking out your divine calling in your daily work life? Ask yourself these questions:
1. Has God revealed His divine calling for my life? What is it?
2. Have I prayed and asked God to reveal His calling on my life?
3. Am I walking out God’s calling on my life? If not, why not?
4. Do I have an intimate relationship with Jesus? Am I pursuing Him? If not, why do I deem other things more important than having a relationship with Jesus who is the only One who can change my circumstances?
5. Am I willing to change my priorities and put God first in my life?
6. Am I willing to pursue Jesus by renewing my mind daily with the Word of God?
Achieving prosperity and success God’s way are directly connected to your commitment to being led by the Holy Spirit; He will guide and empower you to walk or operate in your divine calling. Prosperity and success come when you trust God, renew your mind with His Word, and believe in Jesus and what His blood accomplished for you on the cross.
How do you identify your divine calling and experience Joseph’s level of success and prosperity? The answer is relationship. Seek Jesus. Call on Him. Listen to Him. Submit to Him and be led by the Spirit of God. Know that God is with you and lives in you. When He is with you, kingdom laws and principles will begin to work in your life.