When I was babe-in-Christ, I attended a church and for the first time, heard about spiritual gifts, talents, and calling. I remember the Bible study class in which the teacher discussed the spiritual gifts in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12. I went home confused and anxious that evening because it seemed as though everyone in the class knew what their spiritual gifts or callings were, but I didn’t. So I embarked on a journey to discover my calling, which left me frustrated and even more confused.
I recently had a conversation with a few people about their callings. While some appeared confident about knowing what their callings were, others were just as confused and frustrated as I was 20 years ago in that Bible study class. As our discussion progressed, I realized those who were frustrated or confused were seeking their callings more earnestly than they were seeking the Lord. Seeking the Lord, hearing from Him, and obeying Him in all things should always be our focus.
I believe everyone has a specific calling or purpose. But regardless of your religious affiliation, you were birthed into the earth for a reason. Ultimately, our calling is the invitation to salvation from Christ (see 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 1:10). However, our calling also includes the work to which the Lord appoints us (see Romans 1:1). Discovering the work to which the Lord has appointed us is the topic I want to discuss.
Unfortunately, we sometimes seek our callings more diligently than we seek God. When we prioritize our callings over a relationship with Christ, we will experience discontent, deception, and disappointment.
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