I had a conversation with a young person about her reaction to my attempt to instill confidence so she could preach. She stated that she didn’t know if God wanted her to preach because of how I approached the conversation. I screwed up in the approach. I was aggressive and persistent with no spiritual language (as any INTJ that doesn’t know better is).
Something that irked me about her response was that I got the impression that she would ask God if He wanted her to do x at time y every time someone asked her to do something. So I asked: what has God told you that He wants you to do? She didn’t understand the question at first, so I had to rephrase it. Once she did, she thanked me for opening her eyes. She didn’t answer the question to me. I didn’t want to push it.
I don’t ask God every time I am told to do something by a human if God wants me to do it. I don’t have that type of mentality. I am rational, so I just assume that if I am asked to do something it means that God wants me to do it. The other reason that I don’t ask God if he wants me to do what I am asked to do, regardless of if I am the first choice or the last choice, is that I already know what God wants me to do. He wants me to sing to Him. He has given me intelligence and wisdom because He wants me to speak and share what He has already given me to others.
So when I am asked to sing or speak (sermon, Bible study, teach, train, testify, etc.) I don’t ask God whether He wants me to do these things or not because I already know what God’s answer is: Yes. Because I have been in my church’s metaphorical dog house from 2013-2018, I can safely assume that if I am asked to do one of these things what God is showing is that He is opening to door for me to do what He has already told me He wants me to do.
I believe that if we know what God wants us to do in general, it reduces the amount of times that we need to ask God “Do You want me to do this now?” We can make informed decisions on our own with the information that God gives us before hand. This is what I wish to transmit to her because I think that it will help her out a lot.