The Calling (Part One)

career vs calling

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

This old hymn speaks of a calling into ministry and a call to love and have a burden for people unconditionally.  It is a great thing when someone truly hears the call into ministry.  Please understand that we are all called into ministry but not always full time vocational ministry.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  We are all called to do amazing things for Christ and honestly we should have a passion to do our best for the glory of God.  This call must have a yearning to make disciples as in Matthew 28:19-20 and in that be servants to all people (Mark 9:35).

I continue to pray about my calling and for God to refine it more and more and the funny thing is God continues to pour more into me so that I can serve Him better.  When I think about my calling there are 12 things that stand out for me:

  1. Know that Christ is the Son of God and that HE is the only way into heaven
  2. Passion for Christ
  3. Passion for People
  4. Humility
  5. A life based in love
  6. Servant to all
  7. Love of the Bible and a love to be in the Word
  8. Yearning for the presence of the Holy Spirit
  9. Evangelistic focused
  10. Passion to commune with God
  11. Sacrificial (Willing to lose it all for the Gospel)
  12. Believe that we are called to a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

We should all ask ourselves one question if we waver on some of the basic things on this list…”Why am I in ministry?”  The vocational calling in ministry calls for us to give up and sacrifice everything for HIM.  Christ calls us to give up everything just as HE gave up everything for us.  “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

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