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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”—Acts 13:2 (NKJV)
It’s been well said that, “A relationship with Jesus changes everything.” That’s entirely true, especially when it comes to a person’s purpose in life. Prior to being in Christ, we sort of go through life thinking we’re in charge of our own destiny, that we’re free to plot out whatever course we want, and that responsibility rests with us to blaze the trail we end up taking.
A relationship with Jesus changes that! As Saul (who later became Paul) discovered in the passage above, being a believer in Christ means He’s in charge of charting our course in life. The Holy Spirit called Paul to a specific “work” that He had in store for them; a work that unfolds before our eyes for the duration of the Book of Acts.
We see another example of someone receiving a divine calling for their life as the Lord commissions Jonah to go to Nineveh for the purpose of calling the people’s attention to their wicked ways: “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me” (Jonah 1:2 NKJV).
Notice that this calling comes to Jonah directly from God. It wasn’t on Jonah’s radar until God deliberately and specifically put it there. Jonah’s “status quo” was interrupted and became a status “go” according to the divine calling on his life.
Divine callings don’t end with people like Paul and Jonah, because Scripture teaches that God has a calling for every person who has placed their faith in Christ. Each of us has been appointed to fulfill a special and specific “work” personally prepared for us by God, Himself (Ephesians 2:10).
Ultimately, our lives don’t boil down to what we want to do with them. In actuality, it all comes down to what God wants to do with our lives. We don’t call our own shots. He calls . . . we follow.
Now, this reality might fall on unwelcome hearts. We may resent the fact that we don’t have the control we once thought we did. Or, we can choose to rest in knowing that our life’s calling comes to us from the hand of our Heavenly Father, who knows us and what’s best for us . . . better than anyone else ever could, including ourselves!
DIG: What does a divine calling mean as far as who calls the shots in life?
DISCOVER: Is your attitude to reject or receive God’s calling on your life?
DISPLAY: Do you know your calling? Has God spoken to you in some way to reveal it? If so, evaluate how you are walking in that calling today. If not, pray and ask the Lord to direct you towards His purposes, will, and calling for your life.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.