For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Rom 11:29, underscoring added)
. . . so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (Rom 12:5-9)
For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. (1 Cor 1:26, underscoring added)
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called . . . (Eph 4:1, underscoring added)
A calling can be defined as a vocation, occupation, mission or passion. What do you feel that God has called you to accomplish in this life? If you’re between the ages of 19 and 30, you may not have a fully formed idea of what you’ve been called to do. If you DO know, then you are most exceptionally blessed!
However, if you’re like most of us, your calling may unfold in layers or even stages of life. I felt called to be a wife and mother for the largest portion of my life. In the two years prior to my youngest child’s high school graduation, I felt a type of spiritual and emotional shifting taking place within me.
I didn’t know quite what it was all about, but after a time of prayer, felt the Lord tell me that He was preparing me for a different direction in life. It was over the many months that followed that I felt called to the ministry. The Lord gave me training and mentors, and then opened doors of ministry to me. I was given several ministry positions and discovered that I enjoyed ministering to God’s people immensely. I was also surprised to realize that I have a zeal and a love for it.
I’m sharing my experience so that you may realize, as I have, that God can and does give us different gifts and talents in different seasons of our lives. He likes us to be useful and fulfilled over the course of our entire lifetimes. Praise God!
I hope that this article will give you encouragement concerning your own life, gifts, and calling.