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The Calling

I often hear about people trying to find “God’s calling” for their life. I used to constantly be searching for the same thing. What has God called me to do?

I wrote on this a while back, but it seems appropriate to revisit the subject. http://jjpoland.blogspot.com/2010/11/seeking-will-of-god.html

The Bible doesn’t talk about calling like people in the modern church do. People say: “I really just want to know what God is calling me to” or “I really feel that God is calling me to Kenya” or something of the sort. This is a popular jargon and one with much positive thinking revolving around it. BUT its not consistent with Scripture and its starting to bother me a lot.

Ephesians 4:1 is one chapter that talks about calling. It talks about being called to live with,

complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Be eager and strive earnestly to guard and keep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—”

Philippians 3:14 God is calling us “upward”. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 God is calling us to Him.  2 Thessalonians 1 God is calling us to magnify God in our works. Hebrews 3 We share the heavenly calling to faith and eternal life. 1 Peter 1 Actually groups “calling” and “election” together, which refers to God calling us.

Your call is not to any job, not to any person, but Jesus. Your call is to live life as it says in Ephesians 4. Your call is to heaven. Your call is to die. There is a reason that Jesus says “stop being perpetually anxious about your life“! The birds of the sky and lilies of the field are not anxious and do not store grain for the future, yet they live under God’s care. “Are you not worth much more than they?” (Matt 6)

Because you are good at music, or design, or sports, or academics, or speaking, or whatever it is, this does not mean it is what God really really wishes you would do more and get better at. God is not sitting in heaven hoping that you finally get your act together and get that job or start that business or that band or whatever!

Life is greater than what you do. It is how you do it. Is waiting around hoping for God to tell you where to go going to get you anywhere? Does praying harder and harder every day for a revelation of God’s will for your life (as if it hasn’t been given to you in Scripture) actually bring you closer to God? I admire the dependence and focus on God, but you sacrifice so much of yourself when you seek from God what you should do tomorrow instead of seeking just God. “Those who seek will find” does not mean “keep praying and God will eventually tell you.” It means seek after God and you will find God. It is tempting to eat the bread which satan offers in our time of hunger in the wilderness, but “man cannot live on bread alone” , meaning life only comes from knocking over and over and over again as we search for more of God, not more of our future.

You can’t kill us, for we are already dead.


About Josh Poland

Worship Leader, Economist, Musician, Martial Artist


2 thoughts on “The Calling

  1. YES. one of the most memorable chapel sermons i heard during bible college was given this past spring, on this very topic. we are ‘called to’ God. leave it at that, and see what comes of obedience and discipline.

    Posted by Natalie Keene | June 13, 2012, 1:50 am


  1. Pingback: What We Get Wrong About Our “Calling” | Josh Poland - September 8, 2015

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