Monday, March 29

Callings

Scripture: Deuteronomy 21-22, Romans 1

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—

Romans 1:6–7 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. 

7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: 

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Observation

Paul uses the word “call” in two senses: specific and general.

He refers to his specific call as an apostle to the Gentiles (1).  The specific call is a call to an individual to a certain task, in this case, Paul’s call to be an apostle.  Each person has specific callings from God.  

And he refers to the general call to belong to Jesus (6) and to be God’s holy people (7).  The general call is God’s invitation to all of us to follow Jesus, to enter His Kingdom, to belong to His family.  See also 1 Corinthians 1:2, 24, Jude 1, Revelation 17:14. 

Application

For every Christian, our first calling is general: to be a disciple and follow Jesus.  We’re called to belong to Jesus and be His holy people—saints!  This is our first and highest calling, or vocation.  What an honor!  

When we’ve answered the first call, we can also discover our second, specific calling (or callings, since you will have more than one).  God has specific assignments for each of us.  I am called to be a pastor.  Mark is called to be a coach.  Bob is called to be a businessman.  Clay is called to be an orthodontist.  Each of us serves God in our calling, achieving God’s purposes in our unique settings.  Each of the men I mentioned is also called to be a husband and father (as I said, we have more than one specific calling), and we are to achieve God’s purposes there too.

Your life looks different when viewed through this lens.  I’m not just doing a job or filling a role—I’m living out a calling, achieving God’s purposes.  My work, my role takes on a new significance, new weight.  I’m called by God, and equipped and graced for that calling.  God has purposes for me!

What are your specific callings, and how will approach them differently today knowing that they are not just jobs or roles, but callings from God?

Prayer: What an honor to be called by You, Lord.  Help me to live out my calling today—both the general call to follow You, and the specific callings You’ve given me.