God’s callings in your life are his personal invitations to undertake a variety of tasks that will be a blessing to him, yourself, or someone else.
God’s first calling in the life of every person is their salvation in Jesus Christ.
First Timothy 2:4 makes this clear when it says God “wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
Being called requires a caller and Jesus Christ is your Savior and Caller. Romans 1:6 says we are “called to belong to Jesus Christ.” Saying “yes” to Jesus is the core of the gospel message. Revelation 2:4 refers to him as our “first love.”
So, what is God’s first and primary calling in your life? It’s your relationship with Jesus Christ–it’s a call to union with God Himself–a call to someone rather than some activity. Everything you do after receiving Christ, e.g., a relationship with another person, caring for your family, a job, or an act of service to a neighbor, will be transformed for the better by your salvation.
God’s callings are not reserved for religious vocations only. We Christians work out our salvation in callings, roles, and opportunities across the full spectrum of God’s creation which include the following areas:
Family. Honoring God in your marriage and family is a full-time Christian calling. The family is mankind’s most basic social unit and it is sacred. Not everyone is called to marriage and children (1 Cor 7:8), but everyone is part of a family. Enjoy, nurture, and protect your family—this is one of life’s most worthy callings, second only to your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Work. Providing for yourself and others through your daily labor is another important Christian calling. God calls all of us to engage with his creation–to be fruitful, active, and creative. Your everyday work is a service to God to be performed to his glory (Gen 1 & 2)—even Jesus worked as an example for you to follow. Christian workers should be the best workers in every organization.
Community. God calls you, me, and every believer to engage with others in our communities—we are relational beings just like God is a relational being. In Matthew 22:38-39 Jesus says the greatest commandment is to love God (your first calling) and the second greatest commandment is to “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (a subsequent calling). You are a full-time citizen and neighbor whom God calls to be his salt and light in all of your community activities and relationships.
Church. Second Timothy 1:9 declares that God “has saved us and called us to a holy life.” To be holy is to be set apart for God’s purposes. As a Christian you are called to be a member of the Body of Christ. Be active in your church, worship God, serve others, and grow in Christ. If God calls you to be a leader in your local congregation, say “yes” and get to work.
Hebrews 3:1 says we are those “who share in the heavenly calling.” Embrace Christ and then undertake the many tasks he has prepared for you to do in your family, work, community, and church.