What’s Your Calling?

Philippians 3:14 (NLT) says:

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

How Do I Know God's Calling for My Life?

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God's Calling You

From the Introduction

Who am I to be writing about discipleship?   Nobody!

If you don’t know me, you don’t need to – I’m not important.   I don’t have a position, I’m not prominent, and I don’t like the platform.   I am not a pastor or a preacher; I am not a leader or an elder; I’m not a Biblical scholar and I haven’t been to Bible college; I’m just an ordinary Christian, like you.  

I am not worthy, but I am willing; I am not out of the ordinary, but I am obedient; I am not qualified, but I am called.  

That calling came on a mission trip to Estonia, many years ago.   I have mentioned it earlier in the Discipleship Series; but let me tell you a little more about it now.

The mission trip was to renovate a smallholding in Estonia and to develop it as a retreat for those who needed the time and space to retreat, recover, and refresh their lives.   I had no building skills to speak of, but I could fetch and carry, clear rubbish, and cook for those who were doing more of the skilled work.

But I went with one purpose – to speak with God.  

Ask God one question, you will get three questions back!

At least, that was my experience!   You see, I went to ask God a question.   I went to speak with God, to hold my arms up into the sky, telling God, “Here I am, send me!   What do you want me to do?”

It was as simple as that – what do you want me to do?   I meant, of course, “What do You want me to do for You, God?”

And with that, God gave me three questions back!   Not straight away, but over a period of time as I spent my days in prayer, reading Scripture, and pondering the question – and, of course, being a bit impatient, saying, “come on – tell me, Lord, what do you want me to do?”

I guess God responded to my pestering – but instead of a simple answer, He asked:

  1. What are you supposed to do as a Christian? Not, how are you supposed to behave, and so on – what are you, practically, supposed to do?
  2. What’s the church for? And then, the third, very challengingly:
  3. How are you doing?

Wow!   I didn’t have a clue!   I guess I was still a “newbie” Christian, a few years into my faith, having been born again; and I didn’t have a clue what the answers were to those very simple questions.   

So, when I returned from my mission, it was back to Scripture; and, back to ask as many fellow Christians, leaders, and pastors at the church, those very questions.

And the answers slowly came – at least to the first two – and to cut a long story short, it boiled down to two simple things:

  1. The Great Command – to love God AND love your neighbour; and
  2. The Great Commission – to GO, and make disciples.

Well, that wasn’t as straightforward as you would imagine either!   I knew how to love God, but how on earth do I love my neighbour?   And where do I go and how do I make disciples?

It began with charity

I had worked out that to love your neighbour was based on Matthew 25, which you will read about a little later:

For I was hungry, and you fed me.   I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.   I was naked and you gave me clothing.  

Matthew 25:35-36 (NLT)

Loving your neighbour – at least for me – was feeding the hungry, clothing the poor and finding shelter for the homeless.   Thence was borne a charity to help with poverty, hunger, and homelessness.

Since those humble beginnings, we have helped and supported over a thousand people, and several them have come to faith in Christ.   You see, it wasn’t just about feeding and clothing and providing shelter; it was about making Jesus known – that they would come to know Him, that He was their Hope – and that they would then be led to a church and find discipleship.

But it didn’t really work out that way.   Despite all the good work, God took it away from me.   The work continues today, but not with myself at the helm – I had it taken away from me.  

That was difficult – I felt it was my life’s work – but God had other plans.   You see, it didn’t lead to discipleship.   We were fishing for people, but we weren’t catching many!   And, besides that, we weren’t providing any kind of discipleship, but relying on their local churches to pick up the pieces.   And that did not happen either.

So, from the beginning of 2020, I felt that I should write – and that is what I set myself to do.   Then came the Coronavirus and the lockdown – which gave me more opportunity and time to write even more.   And it was during these times that the Discipleship Series was borne.

Now, I feel that I am answering God’s call on my life. 

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.   Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.   And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.   God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.   As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God…   If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29,31

I am not worthy, but I am willing; I am not out of the ordinary, but I am obedient; I am not qualified, but I am called.  

Are you willing?   Are you obedient?   Then my next question:

What’s your calling?

What’s your calling?   You are all here for a purpose: God has a plan and a purpose for you.   You are chosen.   You are not here by chance, but by choice.   What’s your calling?

It is written, in Jeremiah 29:11,

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”   

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

You are not here by chance, but by choice – God chose you, He created you. 

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.”

Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT)

If we’re here by choice and not by chance; if we’re here on purpose, then we are here for a purpose; and if you are created by God, chosen by God, given a purpose and sent here by God – we’re all apostles.  

An apostle is someone who has been sent out, from the Greek word ‘apóstolos.’   According to the dictionary it means:

  1. any of the early followers of Jesus who carried the Christian message into the world.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) any of the original 12 disciples called by Jesus to preach the gospel: Simon Peter, the brothers James and John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot.
  3. the first or the best-known Christian missionary in any region or country.
  4. a title borne by persons sent on foreign missions.
  5. a pioneer of any reform movement.

According to gotquestions.com, “From the definition of the word, the closest thing today to an apostle, in the general sense, is a missionary.   A missionary is a follower of Christ who is sent out with the specific mission of proclaiming the Gospel.   A missionary is an ambassador of Christ to people who have not heard the good news.”   But the Bible says we are all ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) and we are all called to share the Gospel (2 Timothy 4:2).  

You are all apostles, because you’ve all been created by God, sent here by God, and told to be ready to preach the Gospel.   There’s a reason why you are here.   You are not here to spectate; you are here to participate.   What’s your calling?

Because God has a calling for you.  

We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

Romans 8:28

What’s your calling?

The reason you are here right now might be to learn, to grow, to heal, to be encouraged, to be built up.   But if you are here to learn, to grow, to heal, to be encouraged, to be built up; then there will be a time when you are learned, when you have grown, when you are healed, when you are full of encouragement, and you have been built up.   That time will come – and for some of you, that time has come.   If that’s you – then it’s time to stop spectating and to start participating.   What’s your calling?

Are you here to teach, so that others can learn; are you here to nourish others, so that they can grow; are you here to heal others, so they can become healed; are you here to encourage others; or are you here to build up others?   What’s your calling?

It’s a good job (or a God job) that we don’t all have the same calling!   God gives gifts to everyone, and everyone differently – and that’s so great.   Otherwise, we would all be in the Sound Desk every Sunday, and we wouldn’t need any chairs out; or we’d all be clearing the chairs up after the service and then twiddling our fingers wondering what to do next; or, perish the thought, we’d all be crammed into the toilets together cleaning up, and every other chore would end up down the drain!   What’s your calling?

We are all called according to our gifts.   You see, when God calls you for His purpose, He equips you.   It is written, in,

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.   Use them well to serve one another.”

1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)

There’s so much going on that is already being done, needs help to be done, needs to be done, or should be done.   What’s your calling?

Read further to learn more, including …

  • What’s your message?

  • What’s your destination?

  • A conclusion … and an invitation.

See you soon, Be Blessed.

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After completing this module, you might consider listening to the Keith Green performance about The Sheep and the Goats.   The real challenge is at the end of the song, when he explains the difference between the ones who enter heaven’s rest and those who don’t. 

Are you a sheep or a goat?!

External Resources

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Ministry Mates

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is awarded to those who complete the Discipleship Programme. 

In order to qualify for a certificate, you must answer the questions asked at the end of each module, and send them to us at Misfits Ministries. 

Module 12 Questions

  1. What do you feel is your calling?
  2. How do your gifts match your calling?
  3. Are you fulfilling your calling in your local church or community?
  4. How are you being encouraged and supported to help you fulfil your calling?
  5. How can we help?
Email your answers to disciple@misfitsministries.co.uk. Thank You, see you soon, God Bless.

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