What Is Your Calling?

“The Lord sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes
 and has them inherit a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them He has set the world.” (1 Samuel 2:7-8, NIV)

The meaning of the term “vocation” originated in Christianity. It was the “call to the priesthood” or the “calling of all humankind to salvation”. The idea of vocation is central to the Christian belief that God has created each person with gifts and talents oriented toward specific purposes and a way of life. In other words, our vocations are not something we choose for ourselves, but they are something to which we are called.

Instead of asking ourselves, “what vocation should I choose?” the question for a Christian becomes, “what is God calling me to do?” 

Our vocations change as the seasons of our lives change. We don’t have just one vocation for our entire life. We have been “called” into several vocations at the same time. For instance, one of our vocations is our job. Another one has to do with our relations within our families. We also have an important association within our communities. And, another one of our callings has to do with our connections within our churches. Each relationship requires a completely different approach, yet the purpose of each should be simply to glorify and honor God.

Whatever our vocations have become, and in the very way they change over time, it is apparent that our callings are not under our own control; as 1 Samuel 2:7 teaches, “The Lord sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and He exalts.” The Lord is the One in total control!

Our vocations are much more than just our jobs! They have also become our “calling” in each and every aspect of our lives. In order to live according to our calling, it is imperative that we give glory and honor to God in everything we do – in our professions, as parents, as grandparents, within our marriages, in our churches, at the coffee shop, at the hair salon and barber shop, and at the grocery store. Honor God by using your gifts and talents to serve others whenever opportunities present themselves. That is our true calling!

Enjoy your Thursday, “Working for Christ”!

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7 Comments on “What Is Your Calling?”

  1. Marie Says:

    I love this post!!


  2. We all have our Gifting and I believe you are operating in your Gifting when you Post your Daily devotion on “Working for Christ”. Keep up the good work, Take Care, and God Bless you my Friend!!!! 🙂


  3. Daniel Undem Says:

    Thank you for this post. I needed the reminder today. Keep the great posts coming. God Bless.


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