It's Not Personal, It's Purposed (Part 2)

Monday, August 29, 2011


What do you want to be when you grow up? That's a question that most every child was asked growing up, and you'd hear answers such as, "I want to be a policeman, a teacher, a doctor, a fireman." These were jobs that they more than likely saw people leading which seemed interesting. Did those children become doctors or teachers, etc.? Ask yourself, did you become what you said you wanted to be when you were a child? Are you the doctor, artist, policeman, teacher that you said you wanted to be? If not, then what happened along the way? What stopped you from pursuing your childhood dream? As you got older did your childhood dream not match your natural gift?

Fast forward to today. "This can't be what I'm supposed to do for the rest of my life! Why did I even take this job? Why do I clock in everyday knowing this is not what I desire to do? Why would God do this to me? I want to go back to school but I don't have the money. I want to change careers but I don't have the time to research opportunities. Is this the childhood dream that you once had or the adult job that you now loathe? Maybe this does not describe you at all. Maybe, you love what you do for a living. Whatever the case, God's purpose must be fulfilled; but it's up to each of us to choose how this will be done.

There are many misconceptions about one's purpose as opposed to one's calling in life. These are two different things. "You mean to tell me, my purpose and my calling are not the same?" Yes! We discovered in Part One, that an individual's purpose is not that thing they most wanted to do with their lives, but rather it is God's command to lead people to salvation. For years we've been looking for our purpose when it's already here. It's our calling that we're in search of. The purpose is the same, but the calling is what makes us different.

So what is a calling? Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." This simply says, we were created to do a specific work that God has prepared for us before time began. John 9:4 reads, "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day." Work here is defined as "to toil (as a task or occupation), to labor or minister a work. 2 Peter 1:10 states, "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure." Your calling is God inviting you to carry out the unique task or talent he has for you. It is something you are inherently driven to do with passion. A singer will utilize his or her talents as a singer to encourage and uplift people; which can lead to them singing to others about Jesus. A pilot that loves to fly could use his love of the air to speak of the God that lives beyond the skies to his co-workers. It's the purpose that makes the calling effective.Your calling is the method you use to fulfill God's purpose.

Despite popular teaching, your job is not your calling. Jobs end, but callings last! Whether you are employed, unemployed, or retired, your calling can still be active and effective. Many times we place all our hope and trust in a job that may conflict with God's purpose for our lives. Don't depend on those things to make you happy. Your calling may or may not bring you much money, but it should bring you joy and bring others closer to Jesus.

If you believe you are already living in your calling, maybe this has reaffirmed what you already know. Take the next step and swap this idea with a friend who may be struggling with knowing their purpose and finding their calling. You will be so glad you did! On the other hand, for those still in search for their calling, discovering it may entail listening intently to what God is saying within you. Reading God's Word, praying (and listening), and talking to some godly friends, can lead you to your calling. The Lord's leading will not steer you wrong. It will give you the passion to live in a calling that not only brings Him glory, but that you will enjoy doing as well. However, do not be deceived, God is not mocked (Galatians 6:7). Your calling will never contradict or conflict with God's purpose. His purpose would not cause you to do something that would ultimately be sin, cause others to sin or put you in sinful situations. God will work through you in your calling to fulfill His purpose efficiently and righteously.

Questions to consider in discovering your calling:

1. What do you love to do and naturally gravitate towards?
2. Do you possess a hidden talent that you feel you perform as second nature?
3. Would you do this same thing, with enjoyment, even if you weren't paid to do it?
4. Are you using your gifts and talents to fulfill God's purpose?

Pray over these questions and ask God to reveal what His calling is for your life!

Scriptures to Reflect On:

Ecclesiastes 3:13
Ecclesiastes 9:10
Romans 12:6-8
I Peter 4:10

Thank you:

For each of you that have taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We pray for your strength and faith to increase as you walk in the purpose God has set for your life. Feel free to share your comments on "Discovering Your Calling" below! We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us.

**Join us next Monday as It's Not Personal, It's Purposed continues!**

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  1. Ha ha, someone must have known I've been praying for God's direction. This came on time. Thank you ladies.

  2. Ginger, we appreciate your response. The messages that we deliver, surely hit us first. We too are working toward allowing God's direction to be prevalent in our lives. We will keep you in our prayers! Share this ministry with others so they too can experience that "Ah ha" moment!


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