Dear fellow disciple-maker,
Have you ever wondered, "What is my calling from God?" Many people assume that a "calling" is for a select group of people like pastors, overseas missionaries and similar full-time Christian workers. But a closer look a Scripture reveals that God calls all of us to specific roles and responsibilities within His Kingdom. For every person in the body of Christ there is a purpose, a plan, and a place.
Three Dimensions of Calling
The Puritans understood the concept of calling in three dimensions: Highest Calling, Common Callings and Specific Callings. Our highest calling centers on our relationship with God. We are called to love God with all our heart. Our common calling is to know and obey the clear teachings of Scripture that apply to everyone. All Christians are called to pray, love their neighbor and obey all general principles of Christian living. But your specific calling refers to the unique role God has just for you. There are no Bible verses that reveal what this might be. We must humble ourselves before God to find our calling.
In the Kingdom of God, there is no distinction between sacred callings and secular jobs. Every honorable vocation can be a calling from God. Since every person is different, there are many different callings: salesman, homemaker, attorney, programmer, school teacher, truck driver, accountant, construction worker, banker, musician, etc. (you get the idea). Furthermore, since the roles in the Kingdom of God encompass so much more than traditional church roles, most people will find their calling in the ordinary segments of life such as business, education, government and the arts. One of the greatest needs in the church today is for men and women to see their job as a calling. This is my calling; This is your calling. It is the place God has put us.
Joseph Found His Calling
At age seventeen, God gave Joseph two dreams that convinced him that there was a special purpose God wanted him to fulfill. But after he bragged about these dreams, his brothers sold Joseph to slave traders and he ended up in Egypt (Genesis 37). There Joseph was falsely accused and imprisoned. The early years of Joseph's life was one of ups and downs, but at the age of thirty he found his destiny.
God's calling for Joseph was not a "church job," but rather a life of political influence and leadership. He was appointed second in command within Pharaoh's government. Because God was with Joseph everything worked together for good. When Joseph was reunited with his brothers he explained his God-given calling: "Do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you. So then, it was not you who sent me here, but God" (Genesis 45:5-8).
Jesus is Sending You
While the circumstances of your life might not be as dramatic, God's calling for your life is just as important. Like Joseph, your calling is not about your fame, but about saving lives. After his resurrection Jesus told his disciples, "As the father sent me, I am sending you" (John 20:21). As you begin a new year, I want to encourage you to humble yourself and consider this simple prayer: "Lord, show me my calling."
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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