Anyone who knows Benjamin knows that he really has no idea what he wants to do with his life. Correction: Anyone who knows Benjamin knows that there are just too many things he wants to do with his life and he doesn’t yet know what direction he’s headed. He has lots of great ideas that would fit, and He is waiting on God’s direction, but in the meantime he gets kind of frustrated. More than that, in the meantime, he hates being asked what he plans to do after college.
Well, Sunday in church, we had a guest speaker come in. This guy was a great preacher and happened to be a close friend of Benjamin’s family. He was in the middle of his message, really getting going, when he started talking about calling. He said something like, “We all know what calling means. We all go off and get jobs and talk about that being our calling.” Benjamin and I were both nodding along listening, when suddenly, he walks over to the edge of the platform, points at Benjamin and says, “What’s your calling? What are you going to do when you graduate?”
Benjamin was speechless. He stuttered a little and laughed a lot, his face turning about the color of the spaghetti I ate last week. I don’t remember what he ended up saying, but the point was really kind of lost. Of all the people in the audience to choose…
Now, while it might seem strange not to know yet what your calling is, I happen to know that Benjamin is looking seriously at lots of options and is really praying and watching what happens. He has lots of open doors.
But for now, he has no idea which one God wants him to walk through. And I imagine at different points in our lives, in big circumstances and small, we know exactly what that feels like. (At least I do. Maybe I’m just writing this to myself).
Something I comfort myself with is that even though God’s Word never says, “Meredith, you are going to go be a teacher at this elementary school,” or “Benjamin, you need to apply to this company,” or “Sally, you need to go help that neighbor out,” it still shows me my calling as a Christian.
In fact, as Christians, the Bible calls us to so many clear, exciting things and we have the opportunity to just look for where to apply them. For example, the Bible calls us to be witnesses for Christ, telling others about Him. He calls us to obedience and He calls us to trust Him. No matter what else happens, I know that those things are my ultimate goals in order to bring God glory.
Here are just a few more of the many callings the Bible has laid out for us that we can do right now, no matter how confused we might be about jobs or houses or other opportunities in our lives. God calls us to be:
In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul wrote, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” Ambassadors are people sent to faraway places to give the message of the one who sent him. God has placed us here on the Earth with the purpose of delivering His message. What message, you ask? As the very next verse says, we are to share that God, “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Philippians 4:6-7 say, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
God calls us to be, not afraid or worried, but constantly in prayer, giving everything in our lives up to Him with total trust and thanksgiving.
God wants us to love people. He wants us to care for and about those around us in every way that we can. 1 John 4:7 and 8 even say, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
God calls us to be actively looking for ways to spread His love to the world around us.
God also calls us to be sacrificed totally to Him. Romans 12:1 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
God doesn’t want just a part of our hearts or our minds or our lives or our decisions. He wants us to be willing to go through the sometimes painful process of laying our all, literally everything, in front of Him and asking Him to do what He will with us. If we do that, He says He will guide us into a life more abundant than we could ever dream of because, no matter what our earthly circumstances, our relationship with Him will grow.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as they say, when it comes to the direction that God already gives us. I hate the haze and the confusion that come with the decisions of this life (ask anyone, I’m not a decision-maker), but it’s good to know that if I sit down and study the Bible, God has already laid out a plan for my life that is clear and that is perfect. Not only that, but if I seek Him in all that I do, and if I am prayerfully, humbly asking for guidance, in His time, He even gives answers to the specific questions.
Isn’t it wonderful to have such a personal, involved God?