When one discovers the “calling” for life it is an amazing experience. When I first heard the term it was only used in a very narrow sense; those individuals who believed that their true purpose in life was only satisfied as they were employed by a particular organization in a explicit way. The external impression was that a “calling” was limited to those employed by institutions in a narrow list of church leadership positions.
I have come to realize that receiving a “call”, is a simple way of describing the overwhelming knowledge in your heart that “you” are supposed to take on a “challenge”. “Calls” can come to individuals in any cultures, age, educational level, economic strata, or barrier that we use to classify human beings.
The discovery of your “calling” is powerful. When one listens to a “called” individual you can hear the passion. It is as if the intensity of the calling echoes between the words, testifying to the purpose, mission, and role in the community. It isn’t that wide-spread, but you can find it in teachers, doctors, politicians, mechanics, and yes, even people who lead churches.
The warning is that there are “false” calls. We can believe we are called to do something but it is merely desires responding to a call from Evil. The sense of the call in any case is very powerful but in the end the results of our work are fundamentally different. It isn’t quite this simple however the easiest way to understand the difference is that a God based call always results in others benefiting from our work.
The other point about calls is that they are not singular. You have a primary call and a secondary one; a purpose here today and one that is at the heart of who you are. We often miss the second call. It is the same as those working today with Divinity. “I, Jesus, sent my Angel to testify to these things for the churches.” (Revelation 22.16)
I challenge you to discover and respond to your calling, both of them.