“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” 2 Timothy 1:9.
Your purpose equals your calling. God considers your calling as something holy – something that you’re to set yourself apart to fulfil. It’s an invitation to a vocation that makes you unique, as well as valuable, to the world around you. It’s something that He’s designed for you, and only you, to do. Your calling is the way God plans to make an impact on the world through you. It’s nothing that you earned, or can earn. He purposed it for you, so it’s part of your make-up. You’ll never find the satisfaction, nor the fulfilment that’s out there for you, until you tap into your calling.
Just as important, your calling is part of your salvation. God saved you and called you with a holy calling. Part of the salvation you’re to experience is the fulfilment of that calling. No more do you have to wander aimlessly through life. You can look forward to each day knowing that it’s going to count for something more than to the benefit of your employer. And in order to allow your salvation to have its full effect in your life, you must not reject the purpose that you’ve been called to.
Furthermore, your calling is part of the grace of God in your life. In order to experience the fullness of God’s grace that’s been unleashed towards you, you must embrace your purpose. The reason your calling is an expression of God’s grace is two-fold. For one, you don’t earn anything God calls you to accomplish. God chooses your calling for you based on what He’s purposed for you to accomplish in the earth. For two, you’ll have to learn how to lean on the grace of God to accomplish it. You won’t be able to just go out and do it. You’ll have to be trained, equipped, and supernaturally empowered before you’ll be of much use to Him.
Besides, what makes your calling so important is that it’s part of who you are in Christ Jesus. Just as Jesus coming to the earth and dying on the cross for your salvation was established before the world began, so was your calling. It cannot be changed. This world has been waiting for your arrival. It’s waiting for you to fulfil all that you’ve been destined to fulfil, because it won’t survive without you. Have you been adding to the longevity of this planet, or to its demise? Do you realize that all creation is groaning in labour pains waiting for the manifestation of your calling?”And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJV)Things are not going to work together for your good, like they’re suppose to, until you embrace your purpose. Once a Christian embraces his purpose and begins to fulfil his calling, things will begin to co-operate with him. The world around him will become a fellow-worker with him for his good. Things will begin to work to his benefit and well-being.
Many people think that this will happen overnight. This will not happen overnight anymore than you stepping into your purpose will happen overnight. Nevertheless, as you push into fulfilling your God-given purpose, things will begin to work to your good. Those things will continue to work for your good until ALL things are working for your good. But you must remember that how much things are working to your good will always be in direct correlation with how much of your purpose you’re fulfilling. So, to the degree that you give yourself to your calling will be to the degree that this physical world will give itself to your good.
“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance…” 2 Timothy 3:10 (NKJV).Paul was a man of purpose as much as he was a man of faith, love, or patience; and he lists that as something Timothy was to follow. I’m convinced that in order for us to fulfil our purpose, we must also become people of purpose.
Most people in the world live aimlessly. I don’t mean that they aren’t doing something with their lives; I mean that they aren’t living with any far reaching focus or intent for their lives. Let’s be honest, most people live from pay check to pay check, from weekend to weekend, from vacation to vacation, from holiday to holiday. They tend to focus their lives only on that which is going to guarantee them security or happiness.
If we, as Christians, don’t get our focus beyond those things, we’ll never be any different, or better off, than the world. I believe the only way we’ll ever get beyond living for ourselves will be by becoming people of purpose. I believe it will be the only way we’ll ever fulfil our destiny. Why? This is because purpose pushes us towards our destiny. It elevates us out of the ordinary and commonplace, and causes us to rise above our natural limitations.
If you want to know the truth, destiny is really nothing more than the accumulated effect of you fulfilling your purpose.
The point to all this is that when you embrace your purpose, you will embark on an adventure that will last for the rest of your life. You will accomplish great things for God, and you’ll see first-hand the value you have, because you yielded to your purpose.
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Personal declaration for the day
I will fulfil the purpose of God for my life and reap the reward.
Questions to reflect on
- Do you know your calling leads you to satisfaction?
- How does a person have a gift and not use it?
- Do you know how many will be drawn to God by you fulfilling your calling?