What is a “calling”? I have heard the word “calling” used as a noun for most of my life, and while I understand the verb form as a way of communication (shouting or using a telephone), I have always struggled with the word. I mean, I understand the dictionary definition, but I have never really understood it as a part of my life. It has eluded me in practicality.
I know that a common description of it has been to call it a career. Something that you do for a living is considered to be your calling. Well, that may be well and good, but I am now going on 25 years in the workforce in three different full-time jobs, and I still don’t feel that I have a “career”. I have a job that gives me a paycheck so I can support my family. I really enjoy what I do most days of the week, but I don’t feel that I have a calling for what I do. My work ethic is part of who I am, and that is what I bring to my job, but career? Nope. It’s a great job, but not a calling.
In the last couple of year s I have wrestled with this idea a little more, and I think I am finally getting a better understanding of it, but the roots of a calling for me have little to do with the business world. It has been through reading my Bible that I am starting to figure this out a little better. As I continue through Ephesians I hit this verse today, and it is clearer to me now than in the past.
Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God
– Ephesians 4:1
The first three chapters of Ephesians have been about telling me who I am in Christ, and now Paul is getting ready to take me on the next part of the journey:
Take your identity and use it in your life!
In a nutshell, that is a calling! I have an identity in Christ, and the more I read and understand what that means as a child of God, a sinner redeemed, an adopted heir, a person able to call on the power of God, a person able to gain wisdom through God’s teaching in His Word, I realize that I am called to something more than just existing in His presence. I am called to action! I am called to share! I am called not to repay what I have been given, because I never can, but to live a life that says I understand that I am blessed!
I am called to live my life in a way that shows people the power of the Christian life. It’s not about avoiding troubles or heartaches. It’s not about getting wealthy. It’s not about following a bunch of rules I don’t understand. It’s about a life that is relentlessly growing, thriving, and reproducing!
I’m not sure where this calling is going to take me. I’m starting to see that all the aspects of my life play a part in this calling, but those parts are not the calling. I’m a Christian before I am anything else, and that is where I find my calling to influence the various parts of my life and those in my life.
I probably don’t have a complete handle on this thing yet, but the picture is getting clearer by the day, and I have faith that as I stay close to God, study His Word, and interact with His people I will continue to grow in my understanding of it all.
What are you doing in your life that shows people who you are in Christ?
I hope something that I said might have been an encouragement to you, Dear Reader. That is one of the reasons I do this. Not because I have all of the answers, but because I want to encourage others to let God have control of your life. Trust me; He’s better qualified than we are to run things!
In His Grip,
PS – I have been asked to hit on a topic that I have brushed over in the past in an upcoming blog. I am in the early stages of it right now, and I would appreciate your prayers as I figure out what God would like me to say. It will be a look into legalism and what it takes to transition to a life of truth and grace.
It will require me to pull back some curtains and look at some stuff that may be uncomfortable for me and maybe even some of you. Please pray that God will give me wisdom in what to share, and that it will be something that will help people grow rather than tear people down.
That will be coming sometime by the end of the month. Thanks again for your prayers. It is encouraging to me to know that people are praying for me, and that God is using this to encourage others!