Calling. A simple word that makes a huge difference. An impact. A life-change. One that takes faith.
When we think of calling we tend to think of big things like moving to a third world country, pastoring a church plant, or going to seminary. Calling tends to be a word that we, as a Christian culture, associate with people who are taking huge steps of faith for the cause of Christ.
Yes, that’s true. So very true, but being called can look so different than that and it really should.
Being called also looks like a classroom, a courtroom, a law office, an art studio or a hospital.
I’m scared that sometimes we forget that our teachers are called, our nurses are called, our lawyers are called and artists are called. Just to name a few. If they weren’t, then it’s not of the Lord and it isn’t taking faith to fulfill His calling. Answering the call of Christ isn’t always going to mean we’re doing something big. It means that we’re saying “Yes,” to Jesus no matter what he asks of us.
I am sometimes afraid that saying we are called to missions or ministry is something we think will make us look like a better follower of Jesus, even if it isn’t actually what the Lord wants us to do. To be a better, or faithful, follower of Christ we have to say yes to everything He is calling us to, even if is seems small. It is sometimes being called to what seems like a small thing is what actually takes the biggest steps of faith because we expect something bigger. We expect God to call us to something that will be hard, but it is simple and that is what takes faith.
We need people in the corporate world, medical field, the artist and those in our school system that view their job as a calling. If they don’t, no one else will ever be faithful to that calling as well.
Being called doesn’t mean changing cultures to share the gospel, but it means saying “yes” to whatever the Lord does call you to and being faithful in it.
For me, being called means Glasgow, Scotland. It means moving away to take on a new job for 2 years that I feel completely unequipped for and humbled that the Lord would entrust me with. It means uprooting a life that is comfortable to me and learning a new culture and how to meet people where they are. Does moving to another country make me a better Christian? No. Does saying yes and being faithful to my calling make me more like Christ? Yes.
I am beyond excited that this is what the Lord has called me to. It’s been a call and my hearts cry for years and I am excited to watch the Lord’s plan unfold through His faithfulness alone. I am so undeserving of His grace, but I am resting in His presence as He sustains me and continues to fulfill His promises. I am humbled He has chosen a wretched sinner like me to make His name known.
Romans 15: 18-21 (ESV)
For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.”