I’ve always loved how each Christian’s story of how they came to be saved is different. I imagine the stories to be like bright, colorful threads woven into each other, making up a beautiful and bigger-than-life tapestry. God is creative with each individual story of salvation, and there are no two the same. You might be someone who has known God all your life. Or maybe you only met Him after years of searching, in a dark and desperate place, where He met your needs and changed you for good. Or perhaps it was the constant love of someone who already knew Him that ended up leading you to go straight to the foot of the cross.
But if you’re a believer, you share something in common with all other believers: you have a calling.
The great commission might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘calling’. It’s both true and important that God’s will and command are for us to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). But how do we live that out in our own lives, practically? Won’t it look different for each person, according to the gifts and abilities they’ve been given and where they’ve been placed in life?
The Bible answers ‘yes’ to that question in Corinthians, through Paul, as he talks about different members of the body of Christ. He says that we are individual members, but that together, we make up the body of Christ (Corinthians 12:12-27).
We are each in different situations and we each have different talents to use and different stories to tell. So, every single specific calling is different and unique. And God has a calling that was tailormade for you.
I believe that it’s essential for a Christian to know what their calling is. Maybe you don’t, and if that’s the case, I would encourage you to keep asking, keep seeking His face and will. Find your peace in Jesus. And I’d like to be honest in saying that I’m not sure of my calling yet. I’ve often struggled with worrying or stressing about it before. But God tells us not to worry, only to keep seeking Him.
“You will seek the Lord your God, and You will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.” – Deuteronomy 4:29 (NKJV)
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
Maybe you do know your calling, and if you do, do you praise God for what He has made you able to do? According to the Bible, we’re to rejoice in what we’re given to do, in the peace and fulfilment of carrying out His will.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17 (NKJV)
Being Equipped for Your Calling
I want to go back to something I asked a few sentences ago. Do you praise God for what He has made you able to do?
Focusing on the last part there, I think a slightly different question must also be asked. Do you realize that He is the One that has made you able? That within yourself, you do not have the strength or willpower or perseverance? Without Him equipping us, we would be completely unqualified and inept to do what He made us to do.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God.” – 2 Corinthians 3:5 (NKJV)
One of the ways that He equips us is through His word, which is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Where do we go to find encouragement? Inspiration? Instructions on how to put our spiritual armor on, and how to approach those that oppose us? We read the Bible, and He equips us through His word.
Another way of being equipped is by being given the gift of the Holy Spirit within us.
“But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John 14:26 (NKJV)
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man.” – Ephesians 3:16 (NKJV)
He has provided guidance through His Spirit, as well as strength and wisdom. And there are many other ways that He makes us able, sometimes by giving us talents or skills and then the time to use them. How wonderful is it that He equips us to go out? We never have to rely on our weak selves. He is steadfast!
Carrying Out Your Calling
“Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus, from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV)
We can go forth in peace because our God is the God of peace. We can go in strength because He strengthens us. We can go, knowing that He is the One making us complete, and equipping us to carry out our callings.
We can be joyous in being a part of the kingdom to come. And we can know that we’re not alone. Not only are we walking with Him, we are walking in Him.
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” – Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV)
~Guest Author Tane Le Feuvre-Smith~