**To my readers: Please excuse my lack of any posts over the last few weeks, I intend to get back to my Sermon On The Mount series soon, though I realized that I needed to post something today so that I remain motivated to continue posting and to get back to a regular schedule.
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What is a “Calling”
A “calling” to me is where your passions or talents, and God’s will for the world, come together. This is usually something that you do that causes you a lot of joy, and/or a sense of great purpose, even though it could be really challenging. A calling can either be vocational, or non-vocational; therefore, a priest is following his calling just as much as the full time working woman who teaches softball in her spare time is following hers. A person in business who has dreams of helping people, and helping his or her customers/clients is following their calling just as much as an international missionary. As long as we are pursuing what we believe God wants us to do, or doing something that we feel advances the Kingdom of God, it does not matter if its related to our Job or not; your calling does not have to be your job, but it can be.
I am not trying to over-spiritualize things here because, as I stated before, a calling could simply be you doing what you feel most passionate about, and that thing happens to be something that can be used to show love to those affected, and perhaps even show them Jesus through you.
For me, my “calling” is helping people by encouraging them to be independently interested in matters of faith, family, community, and many other things. I would like to do this through church ministry, bible studies, missions trips, financial budgeting, music, etc.. I have a degree in Business, many college courses in biblical studies, a lot of music experience, and a decent amount of ministry experience; therefore, my “calling” is taking what I can do, and using it for the betterment of others, and for the advancement of the good news of Jesus and his Kingdom through words, actions, and deeds.
I have recently accepted a full-time position as the “Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries” at a church in the town that I grew up in. I am beyond excited to start this new venture in my life because the job description incorporates everything that I would like to do in order to help people, and in order to share the good news, which is transformative and wonderful (Read my blog post on a transformative Gospel here).
I will be afforded the opportunity to fulfill my calling within my vocation. Before this ministry position, I was working a desk job within an international corporation, and I had little time to really invest in any other things besides my work and my new marriage to my lovely wife. The workplace was negative, and I did not have a lot of time to talk to others, so I felt pretty burned out at the end of the day. However, I know of others who’s calling can be fulfilled in the workplace, and they do it well. I know of others who may work a job they hate because they desire the betterment of their children and family; my dad is an incredible man for showing my own family an example of sacrifice in order to provide for us.
Follow Your Calling
Your calling may be, or is fulfilled in, teaching, finances, construction, music, art, full-time ministry, providing for your family, or a long list of other things. The importance is that A) You follow it somehow in some way, and B) You use it for God’s glory. Each Christian is called to be a light in the darkness, a city on a hill, and a lantern revealing the Hope that is present in Christ. God Can and WILL use you for His purposes , and when you sense a direction that you should go: follow it! Each one of us has spiritual and practical gifts, talents, and abilities, and not one of us is more qualified to be used by God than any other.
What is your calling? Are you following it?