God has a plan for your life. Do you know what that plan is?

While it’s important to understand God’s plan for our lives, it’s also important to understand what common pitfalls can get between us and God’s plan. Os Hillman says one of the primary pitfalls to striving for God’s purpose with our lives is involving ourselves in things that God has not called us to, even if they are good things.

“When we involve ourselves in things God hasn’t called us to, we’ll begin to live a life of sweat and toil that will lead us to slavery instead of reaching the Promised Land of rest.”

When we do this, we are going against the grain and we aren’t using our energies for the purposes of God.

“You start struggling, sweating, and toiling as you do things. When we start to do this, life becomes noticeably harder.”

However, Os says it’s different when we are operating within the parameters of God’s will.

“When you’re operating within the alignment of what God’s called you to do, it just flows, you’re not sweating and toiling, you’re really moving in the power of God and He’s blessing what you’re doing.”

Sometimes God suspends our activity in our gifting because He is trying to develop our character before He unleashes us completely.

“You may not be aligned with your gifting perfectly because there is a character development phase you have to go through.”

Character development is something everyone has to undergo if they are to be used by God, it’s a fact of life. However, when we partner with God, humble ourselves and allow Him to mold and develop us, we turn this stage of our calling from a stumbling block to a stepping stone of life.


Os Hillman is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and consultant on the subject of faith at work. He is Founder and President of Marketplace Leaders Ministries, an organization whose purpose is to train men and women to fulfill their calling in and through their work life and to view their work as ministry.

Key Scripture: Jeremiah 9:23-24

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