A bunch of us were gathered for our weekly Disciple Bible study, and talk turned to being called by God. “Called” as in: God prompting you to do something. This sparked the question in my mind:
How do we know when God is calling?
What does it sound like (or look like or feel like) when God calls?
Discuss this concept with your family group (perhaps around the dinner table). Start off with a couple rounds of the game “Telephone.” (Where one person starts and whispers something to the person next to them. They in turn whisper what they heard to the next person, and so on.) It can be fun to see how the whispered phrase likely gets distorted.
Was it hard to hear? (Especially through the giggles.)
We live in a very noisy, active world. How do we listen for God?
For most of us God doesn’t talk with words passed via whispers in our ears. But then again, perhaps God does whisper! How?
- God speaks to us through the Bible. A suggestion: Read our current Rotation story. Check the latest schedule post for the scripture.
- God speaks to us through prayer. Prayer is more than just communicating our thoughts and needs. Include a time of being in silent prayer to listen for God. Try closing your eyes and breathe normally. If you have trouble being silent try starting off with repeating a sacred word or phrase that calms your mind. (Try “Lord come,” or “Holy One” or “Immanuel.”)
- God speaks to us through worship, and music, and nature, and books, and other people.
But I don’t know if what I heard is my idea, or God’s. How can I tell?
- What is the source? Can it be trusted?
- Examine your thoughts and compare them with the Word of God. Does what you are hearing align with what the Bible teaches?
- Do certain phrases or ideas keep randomly “reappearing?” Pay attention!
- Talk with trusted adults about your call.
Followers of Christ put faith into action!
What is God nudging you to do?
Telephone by Florian Seroussi, who licensed this photo on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.