There are times when the Lord calls a Christian to a specific purpose, but it never comes to fruition. Why is that?
Let’s first look at a few Bible verses. John 21:19 & 22 is where Jesus tells Peter not to watch or worry about anyone else and reminds him, “You follow me.” Then Jesus tells the rich young ruler in Luke 18:22, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” The Angel of the Lord told Samson’s mother in Judges 13:7, “Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.”
Had the Lord called you to a specific ministry where your bones burned inside, but it never came to pass? Could it be that along with the calling, you were asked to give up certain things, but you never did? I am not necessarily talking about ‘sin’ here. Let me explain. I had a friend who was called to a specific ministry. Before starting the ministry he occasionally enjoyed a glass of fine wine with a good meal. He did it with a clear conscience. The Holy Spirit convicted him to give up the wine for the sake of the ministry. He did give it up and the ministry flourished.
Seek the Lord’s face if you have fallen short in a former calling. See if there is anything that can be reconciled in order to re-establish that burning in your bones and to fulfill that calling. It would be a shame to stand before the Lord when your works will be judged and have Him say, “I had so much more planned for your life!”