At the Cross 2016 Conference, JD Greear from the Summit Church in North Carolina shared a message called “Go, Send or Disobey”. He started out with some great insights about calling, which I’d like to share with you in the video click below. It just “might” speak to you too!
One of the places I follow is WorkLife.org. They have a number of resources, including an email that contains a devotional thought and questions to use in small groups. I wanted to pass along one recent post they shared relating to significance and calling. Enjoy!
“Many of us begin our careers with the goal of achieving success. If we haven’t entered our work as a result of God’s calling, we will eventually face a chasm of deep frustration and emptiness. Success flatters but does not provide a lasting sense of purpose and fulfillment. So often we enter careers with wrong motives – money, prestige, and even pressure from parents or peers. Failing to match our work with our giftedness and calling is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. If that happens over an extended period, a person crashes.
At this time, many make another mistake. Workplace believers think that beginning a new career in “full-time Christian work” will fill the emptiness they feel. However, this only exacerbates the problem because they are again trying to put another square peg into a round hole. The problem is not whether we should be in “Christian work” or “secular work,” but rather what work is inspired by gifts and calling. If there is one phrase I wish I could remove from the English language it is “full-time Christian work.” If you are a Christian, you are in full-time Christian work, whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel. The question must be: are you achieving the God-given calling for your life? God has called people into workplaces to fulfill His purposes just as much as He has called people to be pastors or missionaries.
It is time for workplace believers to stop feeling like second-class citizens for being in working jobs. It is time workplace believers stop working toward financial independence so that they can concentrate on their “true spiritual calling.” This is the great deception for those called to the workplace.
Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which you were made. Ask Him to confirm this in your own life.”
A fellow Antioch Journey participant sent in a note after completing Day 2 on calling. They wrote:
“Calling is a means to for us to participate with God to fulfill the great commands, love God and love your neighbor. Serve God and serve your neighbor. Why don’t people answer the ‘call’? We have other things to do, more pressing matters. We often can’t hear the call due to sin in our lives. Romans 6 encourages us that we can escape its ravages. And if we can just try to please God, just try to grope toward holiness, then we can begin to enjoy a relationship with Him and sense whatever calling he has for us.”
Do you see your calling in this light? Are other matters more pressing, or is there some area of sin in your life that is preventing you from clearly hearing from God?
Just remember, we have been set free. Be encouraged and press on.
“But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.” Romans 6:22