“But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him.” (Galatians 1:15, NLT)
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28, NLT)
It may seem like today’s post and previous two are all in one. They are, and they aren’t, and I wanted to have a specific focus on each one rather than grouping them all together. You are chosen, qualified, and called, but at the same time they are three distinct things that you must have an understanding of.
God chooses you, He gives you qualifications, and then reveals His call to you. Many times the qualification we have are developed throughout life through circumstances and many time through careers that we have. God uses our jobs to develop qualifications that He can use for His kingdom. Every job I’ve had I’ve always looked for what God is teaching me through that job. What characteristic and qualification is He molding in me and developing in me that He can use for the Kingdom, through the call that He has on my life.
Each one of us have specific calls, though it may have the same “title” as someone else’s call, we all have been given unique gifts and unique ways of fulfilling that call. For example, look at all the different churches and pastors. If you look at them closely you may find some similarities, but within each one you will be able to find something unique within them and their ministry that sets them apart from others. God is that concerned about each one of us, that He doesn’t just call us, He gives us very unique gifts and very unique strategies.
The best advice I have ever received in ministry is to be myself. Don’t try to copy someone else’s ministry. You may see some similarities in my ministry and the ministries I have received training from, but you will also see some unique characteristics. Like a child in the natural carries characteristics specific to the family that raised them, but they are also unique in their own way.
You have been called, and you have been called to be unique and because you’ve been called, everything that takes place in your life God will use it for His purpose and will make it all work together for good.
You are called.