You Have a Calling
Confession: There was a time in my life that my career was the most important thing to me. Climbing the corporate ladder, being respected in my work and earning a big pay check were the most important things to me. My prideful ambition blinded me to what really matters in life. Then I got a calling and that changed everything.
Many of you reading this have a career but do you have a calling? Now, here’s the thing about a career and a calling, and this comes from my own experience…a career is about advancing yourself and a calling is about serving God. I wonder, which one is more important to you? You see, your life is more than just being a C-Level Executive. It is more than working 60 hours a week to get a project done because you fear being viewed as less capable if you don’t complete the project before the deadline. Your life is about more than the number of people who work under you or the title printed on your business card. Your life is about your calling.
The Bible tells the story of a young Jewish girl named Esther who had a career as queen of Persia, but it turns out God had something way more important for her, she had a calling. A man named Haman was enraged when Esther’s cousin Mordecai refused to kneel down and pay honor to Haman. Instead of killing only Mordecai, Haman looked for a way to destroy all of Mordecai’s people, the Jews (Esther 3:5-6). Upon hearing this, Mordecai sent some of the most challenging statements to Queen Esther. “Do not think because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this” (Esther 4:12-14). Just like that, Esther had received her calling to be part of God’s plan to save His people.
You think you have an amazing career and the truth might be that you do have an amazing career. However, if you search the depths of your being, you will see that you have something more important than your career, you have a calling. Often we attempt to disqualify ourselves from our calling, we’re afraid, we’re prideful, or our success in our career is more important to us. So, don’t let your fear, pride, or success in your career blind you to what God says your life is really about.
“Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will be remembered.” Dr. Seuss