Your calling. What is it? This is a question everyone should reflect on. It is more than you think and can be expressed beyond what you may believe.
Calling is a word that comes from the Latin vocare, meaning to call. It is that moment when you first realized that a certain form of ministry will be your life’s work.
The way you understand your calling strongly influences the way you think, respond and the way you operate.
If your understanding of your call is based on your denominations interpretation, then you will respond to it based on how and what your denomination has taught you, which is not always what God wants or intended for you.
Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant. Galatians 1:10
Throughout history different words have been used to explain a calling.
- The Romans called it genius.
- The Greek called it daimon or sisters of fate.
- Christians call it God’s plan or will for your life.
In the Christian tradition there are two forms of callings.
- The inward call that is either persistent or occasional. It is influenced by a feeling, intuition, or experience.
- The outward calling, which is a call by a specific community or group which extends to the individual.
From my experience, and by watching others, I've learned that your call goes beyond these two categories.
In 2009 I began to examine more deeply the nature, meaning and focus of my calling. I encourage you to do the same.
I wanted to understand my calling beyond the mind and thinking of any institution, regardless of denomination.
I was interested in knowing and understanding how to operate in my calling without the limitations of man and with an anointing that went beyond status quo.
For, "Who can know the Lords thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?" But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
When it comes to your calling, you should operated in it with the mind of Jesus and with His purpose and intention.
Today I can articulate and operate in my calling the way Jesus intended, and beyond the limitations of denominational walls. I write about this here.
Once you have answered the call, giving it much attention will bring great benefits to you and to others.
Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:14-15
A calling is understood in many ways and interpreted through many perspectives.
Some people are called to a specific call for a specific time, Moses, Jonah, Jeremiah and Jesus are just a few examples.
Callings are not unique only to those who are of the “Five Fold Ministry”. Everyone has a call, a gift or talent.
“Calling is the place where God, through life, has brought us. It is the place our life’s meaning, desires, and talents meet.” Re-visioning Your Call