And it’s not more information…
Understanding calling can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing. So. Much. Pressure. Maybe you bought some books. Maybe you’ve found the end of the internet trying to research all your options. Maybe you took a course. Maybe, a la Moses, you’re waiting for that bush by your front door to start on fire and audibly tell your life plan. But so often, there’s one thing missing…
Yep. Not a better understanding of your strengths, or gifts, or passions. But God. You see, exploring a calling assumes that there is a caller. There’s someone or something speaking truth into your life in a way that guides you. Someone that gives you purpose and meaning.
Too often we are quick to skip over who is is that is calling us in order to get to the details. We want to know the calling without knowing the caller.
You want to better understand your calling(s) in life? Figure out who is calling you and what they are all about. If you believe (as I do) that God is the one who calls us, then you have to FATHOM:
Who is God?
Consider the words of the apostle Paul in Romans 12 (verses 1-2), possibly one of the most cited passages in the Bible:
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Do you see it? The caller-calling connection is right here. Our ability to understand God’s will is a direct result not of our intelligence, or are passion for a cause. It’s a result of our offering ourselves to God and being transformed. When we do this, THEN we will know God’s will. By offering ourselves to God, we listen, we seek to know the Caller before the Calling. This doesn’t mean that the details of your future are meaningless. They are important. But when they flow from a healthy understanding of who God is, the details will make more sense.
How do you know your calling? Good question.
Who is God? An even better question.
How does God’s character impact your understanding of His call upon your life?