"Calling and Gifting"
The purpose of this series of sermons on “Living Your Life of Destiny” is to examine our calling in life, our purpose, our destiny. What are we created to do using our talents and gifting and personalities? An even better question might be, “Who are we created to be?”
What do we mean by “calling?” “I don’t think I am called by God for anything. Am I?” In Christian circles one of the few (maybe only) ways we utilize the term is in reference to someone’s “calling” into ministry. You know, in a testimony we hear how Rev. John was “called” to be a pastor. In the message by the visiting missionary couple, we often hear the word “calling” in reference to their guidance by God into overseas ministry. Nevertheless, how many of us ever use the word when describing our own purpose in life? Is God’s calling reserved for the few, professional, full-time clergy or missionaries or evangelists?
It is true, in fact, that God does “call” certain individuals to serve Him in one of the leadership ministries mentioned in the Bible. We are most familiar with the pastoral ministry. But we also see throughout the Scriptures how God calls individuals to particular and unique tasks. To present one well-known example, Moses was clearly called by God for a specific task…to lead God’s people out of bondage in Egypt to the Promised Land. That was a calling to a particular task or goal or mission. Furthermore, it is likewise clear that every follower of Jesus Christ is, in a way, called to “live out” the “God-life.” We are called to glorify God through our lives. We are called to reach out to others with the same care and compassion we have received from God. We are called to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Every single one of us, as believers, are called to this and more.
So, in a nutshell, there might be considered three general “callings” for Christians. 1. A few are called to serve the Lord in a “profession,” devoting their entire lives full time in ministry. Again, the pastoral ministry is the most recognizable of these. 2. Disciples of Jesus Christ may be called to one or more specific tasks or ministries throughout their lives. And 3. Every Christian is called to live out and share the gospel of Jesus Christ day by day. So, although we may not be called into a full-time ministry vocation, we are definitely called by God to devote our lives toward advancing the Kingdom of God. That, folks, is a high calling indeed!
Besides having different “callings” in life, each person is created uniquely by God. Each has his/her own unique personality, unique physical characteristics, unique DNA, a unique set of fingerprints, unique mannerisms, and so on. A set of twins might be as close as we get to a similarity with another person. But the parents of the twins would also confirm the many differences between the two in certain areas despite their obvious similarities.
The entire human race is united under one Creator with somewhat similar attributes because we are all homo sapiens or humans. However, it is so obvious that within the human race there exists a wide array of differences. Many of those (not all by any means) variations between us are to be celebrated and honored because they represent God’s creativity and distinctiveness. Simply put, since we are humans, we are all similar when compared to the remainder of creation (i.e. animals, planets, plants, angels, space, etc.), yet we are all diverse with much of that distinctiveness attributed directly to God’s purpose and plan. In other words, each of us is “different” for a reason.
TALENTS or ABILITIES: OUR KIDS
Besides our distinctions due to our DNA makeup, each has been blessed with various talents or abilities and unique personalities. Let us begin to understand our potential by studying innate abilities, or those given to us naturally (or Supernaturally) at the time of conception.
Our three children may look similar, but they are vastly diverse. A mere outside acquaintance may remark about their similarities, but those closer to them would probably be more likely to describe their many differences. We as parents who raised them throughout their childhood years certainly recognize the differences early in life.
Laura learned her ABC’s at a very young age. However, she did not begin walking until a little later date than some other kids. Early on, she was not necessarily “bad” at sports, but she definitely was not the star of her Karnak Dirtdobbers T-ball team either. Later on though, she enjoyed cheerleading and cross country.
Christian enjoyed tinkering with things as a little toddler. He quickly learned the “on” button on the cordless phone and how to operate the TV remote control, and how to get into any cabinet or drawer, and so forth. He enjoyed sports from the time he could walk.
Makayla was the “social butterfly” of her early elementary school classes. Also, as one teacher said, “She had a lot of spunk!” (that remains true but perhaps too much at times!).