By Pastor Bobby Schuller
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
–2 Peter 1:10-11
You have a calling, you have a purpose, you have something that God is asking you to do. Sometimes those callings, those purposes change over time so that when an old purpose or an old calling ends, we are sometimes left empty handed, a little blind.
Though each of us has a calling, things are different in the kingdom of God than they are in the kingdom of the world. We always want to begin, when we talk about calling, to ask, “What does God want me to do? Does God want me to do this? Does God want me to go there? What does he want me to do, vocationally? What does he want me to build?”
Those are good questions, but your calling does not actually begin with what God wants you to do. Rather, your calling begins with who God wants you to be. God cares more about your character than he does your accomplishments. God cares more about you being a good, courageous, just, friendly, loving, hopeful, joy-filled person, than he does about you creating a successful business, or even an outreach to the poor, or anything like that.
In the kingdom of God, our Father begins with the heart of each individual and plants within in it a unique calling in this world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, how reassuring it is to know that, by acquiring the characteristics that you have encouraged me to obtain, I will find my calling. Even when an old calling ends, by living the life you’ve designed for me, I will find my way to your next calling upon my life. Amen.
Reflection: Do you believe you’ve discovered God’s calling upon your life? If yes, describe that calling. If not, what part of your life or behavior is holding you back?