To some degree, that is ok.
But on the other hand, this can also be extremely devastating.
How do I discover my life’s calling? How do I really know, without a doubt, what God is calling me to spend my life upon? (I mean, isn’t that sort of an important question to “get right??)
Here’s the truth: You discover your calling by knowing God’s voice. By listening to His heart so regularly, so intimately, so deeply that you’re certain. You know God’s heart.
God’s calling doesn’t begin with realizing your life’s purpose, it begins with realizing God is always calling. He is always beckoning me to one place, one position, one posture in my life:
He is always calling me into His presence.
This is the first “layer” of calling. And it’s the most important.
We are called to God’s presence. We are commanded to be a people who intensely, passionately, desperately run to God. He desires us to plant our lives firmly in the soil of His presence, by rooting ourselves in the word, prayer, and in His church.
We are called to be Samuels.
Without this, we lose the “focus” of calling. We become people who think that God cares about the overarching direction of our lives, but isn’t interested in the daily pursuit of His heart. Can you see how this twists our view of God??
Earlier, I made the claim that our society’s focus on calling was “devastating.” Here is why:
Practically, the church has “burdened” Christians with the unbearable pressure of discovering their life’s calling, without equipping them to actually seize that calling by training them to seek God’s presence. That is wrong.
I will take this one step further: without being faithful to God’s call to His presence, my desire to understand His call on my entire life becomes a hindrance It starts to hinder me from hearing God’s voice. Because I’ve stopped looking for God’s voice, and started looking for a calling.
My “life calling” becomes an idol.
- Garrett Howell
Founder & Speaker