Queen in Gold
The word “calling” is quite common in Christian circles. This can be really intimidating for a new Christian or someone who can’t seem to find clarity on the topic. Does not knowing your calling make you an immature Christian? Are you going to miss your calling if you don’t know what it is? Why is it even important to have one?
I’ve realized that many people struggle with the idea of having a calling and what it means; thus this article is being written. I might not be an expert on the topic, but I would love to share some insights on what a calling is, why you have one and how to find out what it is.
What is a calling
According to the Bible...
The concept of “calling” is mostly addressed in the New Testament – although we can see God had a special calling for Old Testament characters such us Noah, Moses, Esther, David, Daniel etc. When Paul uses the word “calling” in the New Testament, he applies it to the following meanings:
The Bible suggests that God has a plan for your life and that you should live according to His ways. If you don’t know what your calling is – start by simply following Jesus.
David is a really good example of someone with a diverse calling involving different elements. He was called to be king and battle against nations suppressing Israel. Another factor to his calling was that the Messiah would come from his descendants. We see the enemy attacking this aspect by leading David into temptation with Bathsheba. God, however, still enabled David to fulfil this calling. Almost having no correlation to the rest of his calling; David was a talented musician who was also called to compose Psalms we still read and sing today.
Why you have a calling
Calling gives you a sense of direction – something to aim towards. Knowing what your calling is also makes it easier to make decisions and hear God’s voice on where to invest time and energy. For example; if you have a passion to work with children and you feel God wants to use you in that area – it would be unlikely He wants you to start a ministry for the elderly.
How to know what your calling is
Questions to ask yourself:
Take some time, grab a pen and paper and prayerfully answer the following questions about yourself. Feel free to answer as extensively as possible.
Your calling is not a once off event
I don’t think your calling would be to speak a specific word at a specific time and change the course of history. That might happen, and it might even be part of your calling, but I like to believe our calling involves our entire lives. Your calling is not a goal you need to go out and achieve, but a lifestyle you need to live by. Of course it will involve certain significant moments, shaping you to walk in God’s plan for your life, but those moments are not your calling in isolation.
Seek God first and you won’t miss your calling
Many people have a fear of missing their calling. If you submit your life to God and live according to His will, I doubt this will happen. It might be that God doesn’t reveal your calling to you in the way you hoped, but maybe He’s asking you to trust Him and take a step of faith. God has a plan for your life and when you seek Him, He will bring that plan into fulfillment.
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About the blog
Queen in Gold is a blog for the feminine heart. I hope to inspire other women to stand up in their God-given identity.
My name is Riani.
I love flowers, board games, arty markets, food, dancing, music and spring....