This month’s theme is “Our Unique Calling.” The “our” in this theme refers to every single person God has irrevocably called. Over the next few weeks, we are going to hear from leaders who have answered God’s call and stepped into their calling with full surrender and abandon. This week, to set the foundation, let’s take a look at the unique life disciples of Christ are called to.
Hello, who’s calling please?
Your life, the very breath in your lungs, is proof of God’s gifts, grace, and calling. In John 15:16 Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you…” I believe this applies to everyone…yes, everyone. This means that every single person has a purpose:
Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use?
If we can agree that everyone is designed for a purpose, the next question (almost a trick question) becomes: What is that purpose? What makes you unique? What is your calling?
It is in these series of questions that God is often left behind. Since every individual has an identity, mankind, in our pride, has turned self-discovery into a business-empire. The trick question and point of pride in this approach is the word “self.”
As God’s creation, human beings are compelled to categorize, make labels, and give titles.
Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.
Think about it this way, while these functions are God-designed, when they are not 100% God-inspired, we miss the mark. Missing the mark in the case of our unique calling means we slip out of our true design as human BEings and live as human DOings. In our compelling, we are quick to make judgments and determinations about ourselves, others, and pretty much everything on and beyond the planet. We have been “making the call” for centuries and have still not exhausted our pride despite the devastation in the world all around us.
It might seem obvious, but as created beings, only our Creator can tell us who we are, why we are called, and what our purpose is. If you’re a believer in Jesus, you have the choice to look at your identity and calling in the context of people or the context of Christ. You can choose to hold onto personality tests, strengths discovery tools, weakness exploitation approaches, self-help personalities, etc. Or, you can choose to hold onto the heavenly truths that you are loved, forgiven, accepted, called, free, rich, the salt of the earth, continually transformed, and an heir of glory.
Where things get tricky, again, is that the context of Christ is not recognized by the world. The world is still running on man-made context. Your resume does not likely include the fruit and gifts of the spirit, a history of your faith journey, or the investment you make in spiritual disciplines.
Here’s the good news…the Kingdom of God is coming to earth. Millions (maybe billions) of believers have been praying that God’s “Kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” for centuries. I want to encourage you today: there will be a day where your resume will be written with 100% God context.
You’re call is now connected!
Your unique call is first and foremost to BE who you were designed to be! Only God can show you that true, intended, irrevocable design. In reading this blog, you may be prompted to reflect on your calling. In that process, remember that as believers we are called to BE. In the New Testament alone, there are at least 74 “be” commandments that tell us how we are designed and how can live as disciples of Jesus. Here are twelve to get you started:
- Be glad (Matthew 5:12, John 16:33)
- Be reconciled (Matthew 5:24, 2 Corinthians 13:11)
- Be wise (Matthew 10:16, 1 Corinthians 14:20)
- Be ready for Christ (Matthew 24:44, Luke 12:40)
- Be content (Luke 3:14, Hebrews 13:5)
- Be merciful (Luke 6:36, 2 Timothy 2:24)
- Be thankful (Colossians 3:15, Philippians 2:2)
- Be at peace (1 Thessalonians 5:13, 1 Peter 1:15-16)
- Be patient (1 Thessalonians 5:14, 2 Timothy 2:24, Romans 12:12)
- Be sober (Titus 2:2-6, 1 Peter 5:8)
- Be renewed (Ephesians 4:23)
- Be transformed (Romans 12:2)
Lindsay Fleming is the State Administrator for the North Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (NC-C3). At heart, she is a God-inspired expressionist. Her driving passion is expressing revelations of God through prayer, writing, and design. Lindsay’s work can be found at PropheticGrounds.com. Lindsay can be reached at office@NC-C3.org.