Calling

Calling

Calling is a word we have thrown around a lot in our culture – especially as it relates to the Christian.

We look for a calling, a bigger purpose, that one task in life that makes it all worthwhile. What has God called you to? What is your ministry? Does your vocation have anything to do with your calling?

We could have an endless debate on what a calling actually is. Ephesians 4:1-2 tells us, ” As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” This calling is the foundation of all others, in my opinion.

The calling Paul is talking about in his letter to the Ephesians is a calling to be holy, set apart. A pretty big calling, if I do say so myself.

I believe many times we, including me, get caught up in what He has “called us” to do. We see a task or vocation as an answer to this call, and forget that ultimately He has called us to become more like himself – He has called us to follow Him.

We certainly have specific tasks along the way, one preparing us for the next, I believe. It is important that we step where He wants and stop when He commands, but ultimately our calling is about following Him.

This is our calling:

“Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).

Delighting in the law of the Lord and meditating on Him day and night, this is it. If we do this, we will yield fruit in season – when He is ready.

Sometimes we follow and feel there has to be more – more than dishes, more than an eight to five job, more than…

It is in the day-to-day tasks that we have to follow and those tasks yield fruit if we simply continue on the path He gave us. Our lives are not about some grand scheme or awesome plot – well, I guess they are, actually. Our grand scheme is to tell the world about Jesus – the world where we live, the place where He planted us.

God has assignments for us along the way. He has people He wants us to impact. He has stuff He wants us to do – sometimes big and sometimes small. But what He really wants is us – following Him. In that one step, we bring honor and glory to the One who saved us and hopefully draw others to Him.

Bringing Him glory:

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
    How unsearchable his judgments,
    and his paths beyond tracing out!
 “Who has known the mind of the Lord?
    Or who has been his counselor?”
 “Who has ever given to God,
    that God should repay them?”
 For from him and through him and for him are all things.
    To him be the glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:33-36).

What could be more awesome a calling than that? To Him be the glory.

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