What Is Your Calling?

As you seek to find work that is a calling, it is important to realize that your work is not your most important calling. There is a critical distinction between your "primary calling" to follow Jesus and your "secondary callings," or life roles, which include your work.

The Bible reveals that work is not our central calling. Before being called to something, we are called to Someone. Before being called to do, we are called to be.

I came across this verse in Romans the other day and wanted to share it with you:

"And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ." (Romans 1:6)

In the first chapter, the first seven verses are Paul's greeting to the Christians living in Rome. We tend to think that our calling is more of our vocation or what we're gifted to do, but our initial calling is simply one of belonging. I love that because I have moved a lot over the course of my life and the way I would describe my life is like this feeling of being a puzzle piece that couldn't find its puzzle. Every now and then I would kind of be able to push my way in here or it seemed like I might fit in here, but ultimately, I could never find my puzzle until I really started taking the Christian life seriously.

If you are one of those who have gone through life feeling like you never fit in, just know this:

Our calling is to belong, to belong to Jesus, to belong to the people of Jesus, to belong to the church.

We belong to each other and we belong to Jesus so just know this: you belong. After you have soaked in your belongingness, then you can start to explore where you can serve. We're all commissioned to be an active part of the body of Christ. But first and foremost, we're simply called to belong to it.

In whatever situation you find yourself today, remember that your calling is not for a specific job but for a specific purpose—God’s mission—and for a specific person—God himself.

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