First, as believers, we should all be assured that we have a calling. There is not a single one of us for whom God does not have a plan and a purpose. This verse should be emblazoned on our hearts and minds:
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
When we believe and are born again, we are re-created in Christ. As new creations, we have a new mission—to glorify God through good works. Those good works are already planned. Is that not awesome? We are not charged with coming up with our own good works. We simply walk in what God has pre-ordained.
The problem, though, is that we may not know what those good works are. We are not given a personalized manual when we come to faith, with a rundown of everything God planned for us to do as we run this race. And if we do have a sense of a particular calling from God, we may be frustrated because nothing is happening. We’ve prayed toward it. Maybe even put feet of faith toward it. But we are not seeing fruit. Now we’re confused . . . is this my calling? What does God want me to do?
But the issue may be our tendency to view calling in a highly individualized sense. That’s the nature of the times in which we live. We each pursue our own goals, our own education, our own careers, even our own ministries. We’re each carving out our own piece of the pie. So it makes sense to us to pursue our own callings—those unique works that God planned for us.
And yet, our calling is so much broader than that. As believers, we are all called to certain good works. And we need not wonder what they are, because God has graciously made them clear in His Word. For example, if we are women who are married and raising a family, we have a Titus 2:4-5 calling in common: “to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
If we place our focus on the things we know we are called to do, we can have absolute certainty that the Lord will lead us with respect to the individual plans He has for us. They are His plans. He wants to establish them. We have to trust that in His time, He will give us clarity there too. We have to trust that we can hear from God. And we have to trust that once we gain clarity He will give us everything we need to move forward.
In this week’s video, I’m sharing a few things that we are all called to do. Just going through the list myself, I thought, “Wow, am I doing these things?” So thankful that the Lord gives us grace!
Do you feel you know at least some of the things God has uniquely called you to do?