Today in the 31-Day Challenge, We read…

“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

Most people think “calling” is a specialized activity that God has laid upon someone.  It’s their holy job.  But, that’s not what God intended.  In his book “The Call”, Os Guinness defines calling this way: “Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism and direction lived out as a response to this summons and service.”

If we truly seek to understand calling, we must recognize that it is about a lifestyle of total surrender to God, not merely our acts of service.  God doesn’t want what we can do for Him, He wants us.


The Day 2 Challenge is to consider Guinness’ definition of calling and reflect on the following questions:

  1. How is my life manifesting this kind of calling? How is it not?
  2. What areas of my life have I yet to fully turn over to God as a response to such a calling?

Follow Through

Here are some further resources, tools, and blog posts to help you tackle today’s Challenge more effectively.