Sometimes our journey through life feels aimless and unclear. We don’t think about calling, we’re just trying to make it through the day! Many of us don’t feel like we are operating under any specific calling. We’re still waiting for that big moment when a bottle drops out of heaven and we find a note inside that will give our lives purpose, “Dear Christian, please spend the rest of your life growing organic rhubarb.” Or something like that. We’re unwilling to step out and do something without assurance of God’s will (that would be so presumptuous and unChristian, wouldn’t it?). At other times, we feel pushed into our life situations by chance and circumstance. We are handed our careers, like in the game of Life. It’s just what we spun. Perhaps we look around at others and ask, how am I, just an average person, called?
Most of us want more. We lack joy. Therefore, we conclude we must not be called to our particular circumstances. We must have missed something. We connect calling and fulfillment. We make synonymous calling and happiness.
Let me give you assurance.
You can know for sure you are called and you can live it out today.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.” Romans 8:28-30
“To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ– their Lord and ours…” 1 Corinthians 1:2.
“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
“You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance— now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant…” Hebrews 9:15
Calling is part of your birthmark as a Christian. It’s not a spiritual gift, given to whomever the Spirit chooses. It comes with the salvation package. And what does this calling of yours include? Purpose. Holiness. Fellowship with the Son. Freedom to serve. An eternal inheritance.
God hasn’t dropped a bottle out of heaven, but he did drop his Son – into a stable, to live a holy life, to die on a cross, to give your life purpose. So when you wake up tomorrow and go to work, or school, or start your parenting duties, or clean your house, know that you do so as one who is called, one who has opportunity to live out the aspects of that calling each moment of your day.