Monday, September 12, 2011

Your Most Important Calling

I have been dwelling on the concept of calling, wondering when God will at long last reveal His grand plan for my life. I struggle to find peace, joy, and contentment in the life God has called me to right now.
My calling right now doesn’t always feel like much of a calling. It’s easy to think of a calling as something big and exciting, when in reality, we are often called to be faithful in the small things. When my small life doesn’t match my big dreams, I become discontent.
God answered my whining by using one of our pastor’s recent sermons to remind me of my highest calling. I found it tremendously encouraging and hope it helps you as well.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.2 Peter 1:3-4 (emphases mine)
Our most important calling is to be a child of Christ! Our human identities of wife, mother, friend, daughter, employee, all pale in comparison to the most important identity of all: our identity in Christ Jesus.
This calling has absolutely nothing to do with who we are or what we do. Our salvation is neither self-generated nor self-sustaining. Think about it: the most important calling of your life is based entirely on what Christ did on the cross. It is His divine power that calls us, saves us, and sustains us.
How freeing! Because we can do nothing in our own power, we need not fret or strive, merely fall into the arms of Him who became sin for us.
Perhaps best of all, this calling is certain and secure:
We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.Hebrews 6: 19-20 (emphasis mine)
When you feel discouraged or swallowed up by the seeming smallness of your life, lift your eyes to the hills from whence your help comes. Look to the Rock that is higher than any of us. Dwell on the cross and know that your salvation, and ultimate calling, are secure.