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