Something that people talk about frequently in the Christian world is the word calling. People often ask questions related to the word calling such as, “what is God’s calling on your life?” . . . “do you feel called to do this?” It’s funny that people use the word calling because it’s more of a feeling then a call, and it’s something that requires prayer to make sure we’re actually hearing correctly from Him. God isn’t calling you on the phone to tell you what He wants you to do or where He wants you to go. However, He uses encounters, situations, people and countless other methods to speak to us about our calling and what He wants us to do with our lives.
Throughout the Bible, God calls many people to carry out various tasks to further His kingdom and spread the gospel. He called Noah to build an ark, He called Ezra to rebuild the temple, He called Jonah to share the gospel to the people of Nineveh, He called Paul into ministry to spread the gospel all over. All of these people answered the calling (at some point) and were able to be used by God in many different ways.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Sometimes people assume that a calling is only church ministry related. I don’t believe that to be true. My dad is a perfect example of this. He has never held a pastoral or ministry position in his life (aside from being a church small group leader). He has been in the heating and cooling business for about thirty years and it’s been something that he loves doing. Every day he is given numerous opportunities to share the love of Christ to his coworkers as well as the customers that he fixes their furnaces and air conditioners. It’s not a church position but he feels called to use the opportunities he’s been given to tell people about Jesus and use his profession to further the Kingdom of God.
Each and every one of us has a calling on our lives. The Bible says in John 15:16; “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.” Whether we realize it or not we have been placed on this earth for a purpose (or for our calling) and it’s up to us to answer that calling on our lives. It could be vocational ministry related or it could not be. But whatever our calling may be, we need to do it to the best of our ability.