What’s in a Calling?
During an interview with the founder of “The Calling”ministry, Chrysandra Brunson, for the Christian Coffee Talk Podcast, I asked, “what is the coverage of a calling to your ministry?” I’ll paraphrase her answer,
“it’s walking in obedience to God in whatever it is He calls us to do, even if that means cleaning the curb.”
Wow, I thought. Cleaning the curb. Does God actually call us to clean the curb? I believe so. We are called to cleanliness, which is no less than being called to do anything else. There’s quite an interesting instruction about cleanliness in Deuteronomy [23:12]-14.
Indeed Chrysandra’s answer impacted my perspective on calling in a new light. What’s in a calling? Everything!
Walking In Obedience
I don’t think we have to look far to find what the Lord has called each of us to do. Walking in obedience is a calling.
We spend a lot of time trying to figure out what God has purposed us to do in ministry. And we often think of grandiose endeavors. For example, quitting our day jobs and solving world hunger. If you dream like I do, you want to establish world peace. Many women dream of being like Joyce Meyers or Lisa Bevere. While these callings are for someone, our calling is to minister everywhere we go. In everything we do. Even cleaning the curb.
Ministry starts in the home. We extend ministry to our families. It continues in all of our relationships, in our daily jobs and all responsibilities. Our workplace is our mission field, both inside and outside of our homes.
Calling Scripture References
“…walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
“…Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”
2 Peter [1:10]-11
“Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
2 Timothy 1:8-12
“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.”