Is God Calling You to be a Christian Counselor?
There is much to consider when pursuing a career or ministry in Christian Counseling. First and foremost, is asking the Lord if this is His plan for your life. One way to confirm that is in the mouth of two or three witnesses. Most counselors have been told all their life they have a gift for helping others, or listening to others. Although, we do not take man’s word over God’s will, we understand that God has placed His plan in our heart since before we were born. Therefore, we can recognize the signs and evidence of that plan working out all through our life. The plan becomes very apparent to us and others as we tune in to what the Holy Spirit has been revealing through the years.
The Holy Spirit will reveal gifts, tendencies, a passion, strengths and weaknesses. This will happen from a very young age. As we get older there are several tests that confirm to us what those gifts are. One of those tests is the APS (Arno Profile System) that we use at In His Image Counseling. It will reveal the strengths, weaknesses and tendencies, as well as bring clarity to the gifts resident in you. There are also spiritual gift tests used in churches and several online that pinpoint the specific gift God has place in you to be used in the Kingdom of God. I would suggest that you do both of these first if you do not have a clear picture of God’s will for you in this area.
Prayer and listening to God is the most important way to confirm His will for you. We often talk alot and do not listen to the Lord. Make sure you are taking 5-15 minutes after prayer or Bible Study to just let the Lord know you are there and ready to be still and listen. If you do not know how to do this refer to the article “Listening to the Lord”. Pray over your passion for a period of time, asking God to guide you and show you what doors are open to you, and confirming that open door with a peace in your spirit. Then step out in faith knowing that God will complete that which He has started in you. That means he will provide the finances, the time, and the mental strength to complete your studies.
Be blessed in all that He has called you to!
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