“What do you believe you’ve been called to do…?” my husband asked me.
I was a little taken back. Not in a bad way. It just seemed like a loaded and complex question during a simple evening walk around the neighborhood.
To be honest it was a question I dreaded answering every time I was asked of anyone.
“What’s my calling?” I responded (as if I didn’t hear him the first time).
“Yes, what are you called to do?
After some thought I responded, “I believe I’m called to be a Christian”.
Too often I’ve watched others including myself get caught up in a calling. Yes, I believe God has given each man specific gifting’s and specific assignments to carry out specific purposes yet we must be careful to not make the call the focus but rather the caller.
When we focus on the call:
We Try to Make Things Happen: We become over consumed with ensuring our call and all that relates to it comes to pass. We speak too soon and act too quickly. We go too far and often are burnt out.
We Limit Ourselves: Focus on the call can cause tunnel vision. With tunnel vision we often miss the everyday workings of Christ that make up the call. Misguided focus can lead to limitation to only one specific area of ministry.
We Become Self Consumed: Focus on the call is really focusing on oneself. Though our motives may begin pure when self is involved it becomes tainted. We become obsessed with accomplishment and achievement which further leads to ungratefulness and impatience.
When we focus on the caller:
We Trust God’s Timing: We understand that though the mind of a man plans his way, the Lord directs his steps. We’re patient because we understand that all things really do work together for those that love God and are called according to his purpose.
We Experience the Limitless Power of God: We understand that no one can know the mind of God and so possibilities are limitless. We understand that a call is multifaceted and at any time, in any way and in any place we can be used by God.
We Remain Christ Centered: We understand that God is the only true vine and that if we remain in Him, he will remain in us and we will bear fruit. We understand that apart from God we can do nothing, not even the very thing He’s gifted and called us to do.
Of course we all have specific callings and purposes but at the core of them all we are called first to the caller Himself. C.S. Lewis once stated, “For you will certainly carry out God's purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.”
Be Called but Be Christian.
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will,” –Ephesians 1:11
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