What is calling? We’ve discussed this before. Everyone wants to know what God is asking them to do with their lives, a cosmic blueprint for the rest of our days. But as I said in this post: If we had the blueprint, we wouldn’t have faith! And God’s heart is always to see faith in His people.
So if calling is not a blueprint, how can you chase what God is asking you to do?
It’s a good question. We DO have a calling, but it’s not a list for the next ten years: Meet this guy, take this job, have this wedding, move to this state. It’s much broader, less tangible, but more meaningful than all of that.
In his letter to the Christians in Ephesus the Apostle Paul addresses calling. He doesn’t ignore it; clearly, we are called by God to SOMETHING:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:3-11)
What’s this calling Paul is talking about? It’s one for both men and women, believers across every age. Exploring this should tell us how to chase OUR calling, thousands of years since Paul wrote those words.
What is your calling, really?
When you follow Jesus, your “calling” is to do as He commanded: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt. 28:19) First, we are commanded to love God (which means obeying God) and love others (giving up ourselves the way Jesus gave up Himself). Jesus said these together were the greatest commandment. Secondly, we are ALL called by Jesus to be disciple-makers. This means sharing our faith, walking it out side-by-side with other believers and people who don’t yet believe. This is our foundational “call” in this world.
Everything else we do flows from this. Our work, our homes, our relationships all start with our call to love the Lord with all our being, and when we do, we will love others. Our love for others and for God will make us disciplers of the truth. This is our calling in life!
Purpose is revealed step by step
But what about the day to day? How do we walk out this calling in our post-college job?
The step by step of calling is chased in daily life as we walk by the Spirit. You may have heard this term because Paul coined it or maybe your pastor has said it; it simply means to make your daily decisions out of your faith in God, not your own wisdom. It means listening for God’s voice and being in the Word enough to know when He is speaking. It’s waiting for peace before jumping into the next step.
Purpose and passion are worked out in this slow, step by step process. Sometimes they come suddenly and we just KNOW what we need to do, but other times we have to struggle with the unknown for long periods before God makes it clear. Either way, you can be walking in the Spirit.
Faithfulness: Now and Then
Ultimately, chasing your calling can be distilled down to this: Be faithful. Be faithful where you are, and you’ll be equipped for where you’re going.
Try to move too fast and you’ll miss out on God’s lessons for you. Try to shortcut the process and you won’t have what you need down the road. God is gracious, and sometimes grace means going slow.
Sometimes chasing your calling is more like a single step, one day at a time.