The witness of the Scriptures is unequivocal on this point, namely, that it is God who calls us to follow him and gives us the graces and gifts necessary to carry out the work he has chosen us to do. As a priest I am very aware of this process in that I can clearly identify moments of my life, usually when I was asking God about what he wanted me to do with my life, when God spoke quite clearly to me about his will and purpose for my life. I thank God for this grace as it makes things quite simple for me when temptations to depart from the priestly way of life come, and they can come often! I simply reflect back to those moments when I heard his call for me to follow him and reject the temptation before me to detour from that path.
I firmly believe that God has a plan for each of our lives – it is just a matter of discovering it! This can be a tortuous path for many but tortuous probably for the reason that we bring our own provisos and conditions with us! God loves us all unconditionally. He loves us with an everlasting love that will never seek anything but the best for us! If we truly believe this, why would we want to put any conditions on whether or not we will respond to his call?
In the Gospels we see that the disciples, the apostles of Jesus, follow him immediately upon hearing his call. If it is good enough for them, then it is good enough for me! Following Jesus does not mean our lives will be any easier than if we follow a worldly path for them. In fact, they may well be more difficult, but at least we will be sure that there is a reason for this, namely that we are directly involved in the work of bringing about the Kingdom of God here on earth! The difficulties of life as a disciple of Jesus always have meaning to them, a meaning that comes through faith. The unanswered questions of the sufferings of those who wander aimlessly through life do not surprise me. At the same time, I know that surrendering one’s life to the call of Jesus is the only way to answer those questions satisfactorily.
Have I identified what God’s call on my life is? Don’t I think I should do this if I have not already done so?
Holy Spirit, reveal to me daily the will of God for my life so that I will never depart from his holy and perfect will.