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Calling v Career: You DON’T have to choose

Who are you in Christ, above and beyond being His child and my brother or sister?

Calling 

That which the LORD has created for you, and created you for, is your Calling. 

It may be a ministry, it may be a gift to develop. Are you a Bible teacher? An Evangelist with a big “E”? Are you a Prophet, Pastor or Apostle? These five gifts are people that Jesus has given to the church (Ephesians 4).

You may be made for a ministry of healings and / or miracles. Perhaps your input is based on a prophetic gift (which is not the same as being a prophet, by the way). Are you destined to be a missionary? Or an intercessor? Or an administrator (organiser) for the body of Christ? 

I’m a watchman. Ezekiel and Nehemiah are the Bible characters who reference this most clearly. 

Who are you in Christ, above and beyond being His child and my brother or sister?

Career

Paul was a rabbi before he had his conversion into The Way, to follow Jesus. As he ministered the Gospel, to make his living he made tents. I daresay this was not perhaps a career choice. But many will have a secular career that is just as valuable as whatever they do for the Church or for the LORD.

Career and Calling

For some, career is inextricably linked to their walk with the LORD; they work for the kingdom directly — as in the church or for a missionary organisation.

But for others, they are called to earn in the secular and contribute financially and / or in their after-hours to the Body of Believers and to the LORD. They may be lay-preachers, or street preachers; they may give large contributions to others’ direct kingdom work — and without their financial contributions this work would not happen. Or their secular skills may prove invaluable to the Body… builders, mechanics, tradesmen of all sorts contribute; lawyers, doctors, teachers… all can help towards the Kingdom directly as well as indirectly in their secular jobs.

Career and Calling together

Whether these two are fused together or run parallel, if you are doing as the LORD has led you to do, you are in His will, and that is precisely where you need to be. Praise the LORD!

“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. And those members of the body which we think to be less honourable, on these we bestow greater honour; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honour to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

We all have a purpose to fulfil. Some of us will take some years to discover what that purpose is. We don’t have to sideline our secular to develop our calling; we don’t have to sideline our calling to grow in our day-to-day work.

Each of us is unique and especially made for a purpose. It is for us to discover it; it is for GOD to reveal it. We must ‘earnestly desire the best gifts’: pursue and discover and apply… that is our life’s journey.

And of course leading off from Chapter 12 of 1 Corinthians is Chapter 13, where we learn the ‘more excellent way’ is summed up in one word: LOVE.

We don’t have to choose

Career v Calling — we don’t have to choose. When we discover that which we were made for, it will be so satisfying and such an amazing fit that the glory flowing from the LORD will run clearly through us and we will know, “Ah, this is why I’m this way or that way.” Suddenly your personality, your character, your life, will all make sense. Certainly that was the way it was for me. Like Cinderella’s slipper, all will fit perfectly together.

So let us live, seek, enjoy, explore, hunger after GOD and enjoy who we are… as He helps us to discover who we have been made to be.

Shalom and GOD bless.

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