For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…1 Corinthians 1:26-27
A quick look at the people God used for His kingdom purposes shows that He used all kinds of men and women. There were uneducated, common men (Peter and John — Acts 4:13), educated men (Dr. Luke—Colossians 4:14), theologians (Paul), fishermen (Simon and Andrew – Matthew 4:18, James and John – Matthew 4:21), tentmakers (Aquila and Pricilla), men, women (Dorcas—Acts 9:36, 39, Lydia – Acts 16:14, Mary and Martha – Luke 10:38-42), tax collectors (Matthew—Matthew 9:9), harlots (Mary Magdalene), and Pharisees (Nicodemus — John 3:1, 19:39).
God calls all kinds of people, men and women, even children. Educated, uneducated, career people and stay-at-home people, new believers and seasoned veterans, King James only and NIV’ers, young and old. In fact, God calls every one of His own for His plans and purposes.
What is God’s calling on your life? Is He calling you to go or stay? Is He calling you to speak or be silent? Is God calling you to sit still or get moving? Where is God calling you? What is God calling you to do? Who is God calling you to go to?
Right here, right now – God is calling you to be about His Kingdom business whether it be within your own heart, your home, your job, your church, your community or the world – You have a purpose in Father’s plan, TODAY.
It seems pretty common for people to think, “I don’t know what God’s call, will and plan are for me.” I’ve been there myself from time to time and in those times I need to remind myself – that in this moment I am to follow Christ, obey God, and bring glory to His name.
Maybe God is calling us to go to Uganda or across the street to spend time with a new widow. Maybe God is calling us to the pastorate or to be active in our local church. Maybe God is calling us to help two friends reconcile or to personally go to our loved one to ask forgiveness.
God’s calling is part of our everyday life. It isn’t necessarily big, bold things (though it may be); maybe it is simple, quiet things. But of this I am certain, God is calling us every day to live for Him and His kingdom with a vision far grander than our own little world. However, it is our daily obedience in our own little world that accomplishes His kingdom purposes through us.
I’ve seen too many believers miss God’s call and purpose for them in the “here and now” as they pine away for the “big call, someday.”
Don’t waste the beauty and opportunities of today, this moment, to be about God’s calling. Even right now you can:
… run with endurance the race that is set before you, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of your faith… based on Hebrews 12:2
… seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth based on Colossians 3:1-2
… give thanks to …God, with your whole heart, and … glorify His name forever based on Psalm 36:12
… live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God based on Romans 15:5-7
…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Based on Colossians 3:15-16
There are so many other verses I could include. Perhaps you would venture to search the Scriptures to add to this list so the next time you wonder, “What is God calling me to do right now?” You will have, at least, part of your answer.
Seize God’s Kingdom opportunities TODAY.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Think About This: “Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us – a crucified God – must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.” – John Piper