Every Christian has three callings as they walk with Jesus.
- A calling to Salvation
- A calling to Sanctification
- A calling to Service
There is no such thing as a Christian who is not called to serve in some capacity using the gifts God has given.
Brad Jenkins, Lead pastor of Anthem church in Tulsa, Oklahoma shares some helpful thoughts on our highest calling
Originally published by Brad Jenkins
When we talk about discovering our calling, we are talking about the unique contribution you can make to the world that no one else can make precisely the same way. This includes your family, vocation, giftedness, and passions.
Each of these is important, and you should consider them carefully. But your highest calling is of even greater importance.
As a Christian, I believe my highest calling comes from my creator. He knows me and what I was made to do with my life. Apart from Him, I will be distracted by a lesser purpose that leads me away from my highest calling.
AS A CHRISTIAN, YOUR HIGHEST CALLING IS TO KNOW CHRIST AND BRING GOD GLORY.
Everything else is a distant second. Your most important work all centers around this one relationship.
Personally, I am a driven person with lots of energy to accomplish great things. But I have learned the hard way that the most significant thing I do with my life will not be an accomplishment. It will be to know Christ and bring God glory. This is what I was made for, above all else.
This calling is an eternal calling. It will not end in this life. Most callings end. Most purposes end. Most work will end. Even telling others about Jesus will come to an end. But this calling will last for all eternity. There will never be a time when the invitation to know Christ more deeply or bring God glory will end.
The people who developed the Westminster Confession worked tirelessly to put this idea into words. They concluded that
“THE CHIEF END OF MAN IS TO GLORIFY GOD AND ENJOY HIM FOREVER.”
This resonates with me. When I feel unsure about my calling, this is what I cling to. I remind myself that this is the most important calling on my life. I may or may not know what job I should pursue, but knowing Christ and bringing God glory follows me into every season.
I am convinced that if you will get clear about this highest calling on your life, your other decisions will come into greater focus. With time it can become your compass. And it can infuse new purpose into what you are already doing!
If you will major on knowing Christ and bringing God glory as your life’s highest calling, God will never fail to use you. There will always be opportunities. There will always be open doors. For as long as you have breath in your lungs, you will always be able to find a way to fulfill your calling.
A LIFE LIVED FOR GOD’S GLORY WILL NEVER LACK PURPOSE.
You can infuse this purpose into every relationship and any career. Teachers, doctors, engineers, parents, students, and retirees can all find a way to know Christ more deeply and bring God glory.
The next time you are tempted to say that you don’t know your calling, stop yourself. If you are a Christian, your calling is to know Christ and bring God glory. Claim it. Embrace it. Live it. Start today.
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