8 truths about your calling
In Christian circles, the word ‘calling’ gets tossed around a lot. I used to think there were two categories when it came to calling - you were either in church ministry or working a normal job outside the four walls of the church.
Maybe you’ve believed a few lies about your calling. It’s time to bust them with the truth.
1. You’ve got a calling
As christians, we are called to live a life that is obedient to God. We see this explained in scripture. In Matthew 28:16-20 we see Jesus tells the disciples the Great Commission, which is to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and fo the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything.
Our purpose as christians is to ultimately obey God and lead others to Christ.
But God can do something unique through you in your every-day life. Your calling doesn’t have to be this big, intimidating thing, it’s about being obedient to God in your every-day life. Living out your calling looks like saying yes to what God is telling you to do right now and sticking to it. Think of it as doing different assignments throughout your life. God might have an assignment for you right now in a particular job or volunteering somewhere or creating something, and then God might have another assignment for you at another time in life. The key is being obedient to God in what he is calling to do to today.
2. God wants to do more through you
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (NIV). God promises to do far more than we could ever hope or imagine - it’s time to start believing this for your life.
3. Your calling isn’t everyone else’s calling
It can be easy to get frustrated at others if they don’t share the same passion as you do. I’ve been there before, sharing my heart with my friends to only get so much of an ‘oh that’s cool’ in reply. Instead of being frustrated, I think it’s important to recognise that we each have different callings and that we’re each passionate about different things. You might be passionate about helping local teenagers and your friend might be passionate about health and wellness - there’s nothing wrong with either of those things. It’s just that you might not be as passionate about either of those things in conversation.
4. Another girls calling doesn’t diminish yours
Just because she has a similar calling to you, doesn’t mean your calling is diminished. You might be called to serve alongside each other or you might be called to slightly different areas and to different people.
5. Your calling isn’t more important than someone else’s
When you’re involved in church life, it can be easy to think that the most important calling is to work in a church as a pastor. But the truth is that working outside the four walls of the church is just as important. We need people who will care for people inside the church and we need people shining God’s light into every single area of society! That’s important too.
6. Your calling can be seasonal or for a lifetime
Your calling might be for a season - or it could be that you feel called to a certain area, job or group of people for your entire life. When you keep your eyes fixed on God and listen to his voice, you can step out and be obedient to whatever he has for you whenever he calls you.
7. God qualifies those he calls.
I think so often we feel unqualified when God asks us to do something. But if God calls you, he’s going to qualify you to complete the task. There are so many examples in scripture where people didn’t feel qualified for the job or they simply weren’t qualified by human standards. But God called them and they stepped out anyway. For example, when God called Moses to rescue His people from slavery in Egypt Moses thought his poor speaking skills would disqualify him from his calling. But God saw it differently. Like Moses, God’s calling is the only qualification you need.
8. Living out your calling will make an impact
When you’re living out the calling God’s got for you, you’ll be making a difference to others and pointing people to Jesus.
Feel like you haven’t got purpose? Not sure where you’re heading?