“What is my calling?” I heard it often throughout my eight years of college ministry. It’s a good question, and not just for students. So, let me go ahead and answer it for you.
Before I do, here is a quick disclaimer: Aspects of our calling are unique to us – where you live, what job you take, who you marry – and the only way to find these answers are a lifelong process of seeking God.
BUT WHAT WE OFTEN FAIL TO REMEMBER IS THE MAJORITY OF OUR CALLING IS UNIVERSAL.
We are all called to love God and each other. We are all called to live holy lives and serve the poor. I find too many of us try to find the answer to the unique aspects of our calling but don’t invest enough time learning to live out the universal parts of our calling. My experience is that when I begin to live out what I already know, God begins to reveal what is next.
With this in mind, let’s read 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
This passage sobers me as I consider its implications, realizing that Jesus gave me His ministry; the ministry He died for; the ministry that is the only hope for this broken world. If you have been reconciled to God then you are deputized to reconcile others. This is your calling.
We live it out by becoming an ambassador. Ambassadors serve as the official representative of one kingdom to another and is revealed in everything they do, their words and their lifestyle.
To be a messenger is the calling, but each ambassador is given a unique assignment. Your assignment may be as a lawyer, student, businesswoman, teacher, mechanic, politician or stay-at-home mom, but first and foremost, you are an ambassador. And that alone is in an incredible calling.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING THREE STEPS TO RESPOND
1. PRAY CONSISTENTLY // It’s overwhelming to step into the pain and brokenness permeating the world around us, but we are not left on our own. When Jesus commissioned us to step into a hurting world He promised to go with us. Start praying for co-workers and others around you by name and watch the power of God begin to work.
2. LIVE LIKE JESUS // Our most powerful testimony is our lifestyle. Serve someone today. Encourage a co-worker. Take time to listen to a neighbor share about their life. Jesus lived entirely different than the world around Him; when we live the same way, people notice!
3. SHARE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS // The natural result of looking like Jesus is the opportunity to talk about Him. If you commit to pray and you resolve to live the Kingdom, then you will consistently have the chance to share your testimony, and ultimately to see lives transformed.
Let’s resolve to live on mission with God. Even while we strive to discover the unique aspects of our calling, let’s first commit to live out what God has already given us.
By Drew Steadman – Adult Pastor