My Calling - Part 3
Today I pose the question, “Do you live your life in pursuit of your calling, or are you standing by and waiting for your calling to come to you?” By nature, a “Calling” is an inner impulse towards a particular course of action. So let me put it this way: are you taking action toward your calling?
Can you honestly say to yourself that you are acting on the impulse of your calling?
Ever since I was a young boy, I knew as a Christian my life had purpose.
"Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:18-20
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9
I confidently believe I was put on this earth to spread the word of God and help bring people to His salvation. I not only believe that for myself, but for everyone! So, if we all have a calling and a purpose, what makes us unique? That is the question that I struggle with most. We all have such a broad calling, of “be a Christian and do Christian things” but I’ve wondered what makes me unique … was I called to be unique?
My daily struggle is not knowing how to bridge the gap between being myself and being the man I am “supposed” to be. I have great news for you: YOU DON’T NEED TO COMPROMISE!!! The beautiful thing about God is that he knows exactly who you are, since the beginning of time He knew just how He would use you (Jeremiah 1:5). God never asks us to be somebody we’re not but instead will stretch us to be all we can be. When we reflect on the changes God wants to make in our lives, we may just find that everything works together to bring balance to our mind and body. The things Jesus asks us to give up are almost always superficial or negative. For example, in Matthew chapter 16 Jesus says to his disciples, “you must give up your own way.” I believe he is alluding to the fact that when left to our own devices, we as humans tend to miss that mark (sin). I don’t believe He is saying give up our beautiful personalities or act like we’re too holy for everyone else. In the same passage Jesus says “take up your cross daily and follow me.” In a sense, I think he is talking about letting go of “humanness” and instead embracing who God made us to be. I would elect to believe that our humanness is not who we are, but instead, who the world tells us to be. So, Jesus wants us to forget about the trivial things we put too much energy into, and simply follow Him.
So then, what is left over once you give back what the world made you and fall into who God made you?
Think about your talents, your personality, your knowledge, and wisdom. That is what God has gifted you with and now you need to discover how you're supposed to use it. Easier said than done, right? Well, maybe it’s not as hard as we make it out to be.
Below, are a few tips on following your calling:
1. Do not be lazy – 2 Thessalonians 3:10 “... the one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” If we don’t work on being who we are meant to be then what fruit will we see?
2. Stay hungry – Proverbs 16:26 “... their hunger drives them on.” We must hunger to advance the kingdom and outwork our calling.
3. Act on impulse – NOT SO FAST! I’m not suggesting giving into the desires of your flesh or fall into temptation, no, I mean acting on the impulse of the Holy Spirit and following His call.
Taking these things into account, learn how to use your gifts to further your calling. If you’re not sure how to use your gift, ask yourself this: Can my gift reflect God? Can it give me a platform to give God the glory? Is this building myself and others up or tearing them down? When you run it through that filter I believe you will find that Jesus will bless many things that you enjoy doing. At the end of the day it is because of Him that you have those giftings. Above all, remember this, we are called to bring people to Jesus.
If I could encourage you with one thing it would be this: Your calling is less about knowing all the steps you will take and more about what direction you’re taking those steps. Walk in alignment with the Word and the Holy Spirit, and day by day you will find you are truly living in God’s calling over your life.