Many people spend their lives trying to figure out what they are called to do.
Prayers are often associated around asking God what He is calling us to do, where He is calling us to work or live, who we are supposed to marry, and the list goes on. And listen, this is a good thing when it’s being done out of a sincere love for God. That is, you love God so much you want to do and be who and what He wants.
However, we also know and believe that God’s plan is the best plan for our lives, so we find ourselves straining to understand what we are called to do, where we are called to live, be who we are called to be, and we do so out of fear that if we don’t choose what God has called us to do then at best we will have missed out on the best life we had to live, or at worse, experience a total train wreck of our lives!
It’s why some people hire a psychic. They are trying to get with somebody they believe who may be able to hear the voice God more clearly than they can. It’s why people consult astrology feeling like God uses the stars to tell them what they are supposed to do. Other people chose something that feels way more Biblical and are drawn to self-proclaimed prophets in conferences or counseling sessions or altar calls. They feel God has given them the supernatural ability to “prophecy” over you to tell you what God is calling you to do.
FYI, it always seems to be something “great” you are supposed to go do. Never heard anybody tell me some guy prophesied over them that God had called them to work their butts off in a mundane job their entire life, love their family and neighbors and then die! You know, what 99% of the human population will do!
Its also important to know that our obsession with trying to out figure out what God has called us to do is often driven by this very modern western concept that we are all meant to do something great. You do realize that the lure of that is only because of the prosperity of our nation where more people than in any other human culture alive could do something great in the eyes of society. 99.9% of all people that ever existed didn’t have this problem and saw “being great” much more in the faithfulness of the ordinary than the discovery of the non-ordinary and the exultation in it!
So for the next 5 weeks we are going to explore what the Bible teaches about “calling”. There is no single passage that walks us through what we are supposed to believe about it nor is there a passage that gives us a complete check list to be able to decisively know if you are being “called” by God to do something.
However, what we do have is 66 books where God is calling His people. Therefore, we are going to look at the principles that are clear throughout the Bible. In so doing, we will better understand “Calling” and how we can confidently live our lives doing what it is God has called us to do.