The Truth about Calling
March 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
One of the most misunderstood and misrepresented subjects in the Christian culture is the idea of calling. I have had the opportunity to speak with a lot of young believers who are trying to find their place within the church and most of them hit me with the same question. “I want to do something for God, but how do I know what my calling is?” After hearing these words I sort of cringe because I can usually detect that at some point along their Christian journey they have been misled about the way that God interacts with them.
As a young Christian I remember hearing people say things like, “Don’t say you wouldn’t want to be a missionary, God may just call you to missions.” I can’t think of a more absurd statement. It seemed as if they believed that God would place you in a ministry that you detested and would never experience fulfillment in just to show you that he is the boss. Quite the opposite is true. God’s plan for your life is to experience life to its fullest because of Christ’s death. The idea that God would call you to to do something that you would never want to be involved in directly contradicts Paul’s writings. In Romans 15 ,Paul says that he (Paul) has made it his (Paul’s) ambition to preach the Gospel. It was something he loved to do. It fit him. It brought fulfillment. If we skip ahead a bit we land in the book of Timothy and we read that If we desire the office of an overseer we desire a good thing. Now, let me ask you this question. Does God allow you to dream and desire to accomplish things for him and then pull the rug out from under you to tell you that he has a different plan for you? One that is much less exciting and doesn’t seem to be a fit for you?
The answer is no. In fact, in a way only the absolutely sovereign God can, he carefully crafted a plan for your life before you were born. The reason that I cringe when I hear a young believer say they are struggling to find the call of God for their lives is because I know that they have been led to believe that the call of God is a mystical experience that they need to be looking for. They are convinced that in some supernatural way God is going to reveal to them his plan for their life. So they sit idle. Waiting and waiting and waiting some more. Finally, they get frustrated because the heavens have not opened up to anoint them with their calling.
Every believer has been given the same call. “Go into the world and make disciples.” Your responsibility is to discover what giftings has God blessed you with that will make you most successful in reaching the unchurched? What passions has he placed in you? Stop looking for the heavens to open up and for there to be a mystical experience. The same God you are waiting to hear speak to you about your call has already spoken to through the the way he created you.