As a reminder, this particular series of articles is designed to help Christian young people, especially those under 30, develop a good foundation for living. This article is focused on having a life passion and calling. First of all, let’s look at the problem areas.
“Calling” is a term tossed around by Christians that is very over-used and misunderstood. Many could not give a clear definition of what constitutes a calling. You hear a lot of Christians say, “I feel called,” when in fact calling really has nothing to do with a feeling. And what kind of “feeling” do they have?
The majority of Christians do not plan their lives around God’s unique design for them! Instead, like everyone else, they focus on money. Money is, of course, very important, but the question needs to be asked as to what should you do with your life that will put it to the best use based upon the giftedness bestowed upon you by God. This even goes beyond working in an occupation that you sincerely love. I should have gone into writing and speaking long before I turned 50 years of age. It is what I was born to do! I had a love of writing even in middle school, but it never dawned upon me that maybe this is what I should be doing with my life. Today, God is using my gift of writing in the lives of people all over the world. While it is essential, of course, to have a good paying occupation to support a family, one can still miss his or her true calling. The question of what has God designed a person to do is, for the most part, never even asked.
Building block number 10 for getting life right the first time around is to have a confirmed and divine directive of God, (not a feeling), as to what you should do with your life, as a Christian. A true calling consists of a burning desire, preparation, open doors of opportunity, and confirmation through people. It is knowing that you are doing what God created you for. You are living a life intentionally, with vision and purpose.
As a Christian young person, ask God to reveal your true calling. It could be something that you have no training to do. I have never taken a writing class, yet people all over the world have commented to me how much my writings have impacted their lives. Also, examine your spiritual gift. Spiritual gifts is something that the average local church and Christian does not even know. They are just that – gifts- that the Holy Spirit gives to each believer, for the work of ministry. Some of the verses below list them. There are also spiritual gift inventories that you can take to help identify what your gift is.
Foundational scripture verses:
I Peter 4:10-11, I Timothy 4:14, I Corinthians 14, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, Habakkuk 2:2-3, Proverbs 29:18, and I Samuel 3. (I Samuel 3 gives the clearest definition of calling that I have ever found in the Bible).
- Does something make you excited to get up in the morning?
- Have you identified your spiritual gift?
- Do you recognize things in your life in line with a true calling? Do you have a burning desire to do something in ministry? Are you seeing how God might be preparing you for a ministry? Are you seeing doors of opportunity open? Are other people confirming to you that you have a specific purpose?