A number of years ago I read a book titled, “Secular work is full-time service.” All followers of Jesus are called to minister out of the gifts they have been given. There is no such thing as an ungifted or uncalled person in the body of Christ. Galatians 6:4 in The Message says, “Make a careful exploration of who you are the work you have been given.” Each of us has been given work to do for His honor. Rick Warren shares some thoughts about the fact that every Christian has a calling and asks if we know what ours is.
Originally posted by Rick Warren
You have a calling. We all do.
But God doesn’t just call those of us who are pastors. The overwhelming message of Scripture is that God calls every person to a specific purpose and mission.
When we don’t know what God is calling us to do, it causes stress.
In these devotionals, we’ve been sharing with you seven principles of stress-free living from the life of Jesus.
The first two were:
1. Identification: Know who you are.
2. Motivation: Know whose approval you are living for.
The third principle of stress-free living from the life of Jesus is this: the Principle of Vocation.
Pastor, you have to know your calling.
Vocation comes from the Latin word for voice and means “what God has called us to do.”
And you must settle your vocation if you want to cut down on your stress.
Jesus knew his calling. He said in John 8:14, “I know where I came from and where I am going” (NIV).
Jesus understood his unique purpose—and he lived for it.
Your life is driven by something. All of our lives are driven by something. Sometimes they’re driven by regret or anger. Sometime they’re driven by shame. Sometimes they’re driven by money or ses. God wants your calling to drive your life. You may think you settled your calling to drive your life. You may think you settled your calling years ago, but you still wrestle with it, causing you immense stress today.
So how do you know what you’ve been called to do. We have used an acronym that has helped many, many people discover God’s calling for their lives. As you think about and pray through your specific calling, consider your shape:
– Spiritual gifts
– Heart (what you love to do)
God doesn’t give you a calling you’ll find miserable. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:1, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received (NIV). I encourage you to ask yourself every day: Am I doing what I’ve been called to do?