We traveled 18 hours door to door. We flew from South Carolina into Philly and then Philly to London Heathrow. I hate overnight flights. I bagged 40 mins sleep – so I am tired. We are staying in Oxfordshire with my brother-in-law. This is what Oxford looks like right now.
So, your calling and my calling, your purpose and my purpose is this:
To be a holy person, living righteous lives, in fellowship with Jesus, using our freedom in Jesus to not indulge in our sinful natures, to be free from the world and to take hold of eternal life which we are called to right here, right now, living for Christ, in Christ and with Christ.
That is our calling.
When we are doing that – then God will use us, guide us, and place us in the situations where we will effect others, help others and minister to others.
So, on one level, it really does not matter what you or I do – a lawyer, a doctor, a teacher, a pastor, a construction worker – the point is to do it WITH ALL YOUR PASSION FOR CHRIST.
In fact, the issue may not be what shall I do but whatever I do, do it for God and he will anoint me, bless me and fulfill me. There are pastors who are not being blessed because they are not doing what they are doing for Christ.
So, firstly, our purpose and our calling is the same – it is to Christ – and out of that everything else comes.
What is the “everything else”?
Ephesians 2:8-10 says: 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
When we are in Christ, following our purpose we become a ‘vassal’ for the works that God has for us.
This is not necessarily about trying to figure out what God has planned for you – we have seen that our purpose is to be IN Christ – but then, when we are IN Christ, we become apart of the redemption story – part of the salvation history – partnering with God in declaring and working in HIS sovereign plans for humanity.
And that can look very different for each of us, what we do, where we go and how we live.