When God calls you to something, God’s call is the final word. You don’t have to wait for someone else to come along and give you opportunity or permission to pursue your calling. If you are called to write, write. Don’t look to a publishing company to affirm your calling. If you are called to exhort, exhort from where you are. Don’t wait for your pastor to ask you to lead a small group (although if this is indeed your calling, you may want to volunteer – they always need small group leaders). If you feel called to serve in any area, don’t wait to be “asked,” start mindfully, humbly, and quietly, practicing that thing you feel God has called you to.
A calling is not the same as a fortune. Being called does not presuppose success as measured by the standard of the world. It means that God has a part for you to play in furthering God’s kingdom, that you are a thread in the beautiful tapestry of God’s design. Be faithful to your calling and you will find peace, and you will find contentment, and you won’t need the fame that may, or may not come. Your writing may not be on the New York Times bestseller list, but it may change one life and that one life may be the life that unlocks the beauty of God’s kingdom to a whole new generation. Your eloquence my never place you on a stage strapped to a Countrymen in front of a big screen, but as you speak with your friends and acquaintances, your words may be the life-giving source of strength that saves a single marriage.
When God calls you, your job is to respond to that calling in faith. Waiting to be given opportunity by someone else because you think there is only one way to fulfill your calling, may cause you to miss out on the juiciest part of your faith journey; the part where you, believing you have been called by God, start behaving as such and suddenly…traction! Quite often, the publisher will call, or the leadership notices, or the talent scout starts scouting, because when you are cooperating with God toward God’s purposes, you are noticed, you are magnetic, and you are a force difficult to ignore. But you won’t need the publisher, the pastor, or the scout, because you will already know, and you and God will be carving the path designed specifically for the way your unique calling blends in to God’s perfect plan.
Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?”
“A staff,” he replied.
The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.”
What’s in your hand? What are you being called to? Throw it on the proverbial ground. Let go of what you think you are supposed to do with your calling. Let God do the bigger thing with it. Who knows? Through you, God may lead a single soul to Living Water, or God may lead an entire nation to freedom.