I was listening to a message the other day by Steven Furtick about what it means to have a calling in your life. What He said changed my perspective on what a calling is. This is just a few things that stood out to me.
Your calling is not something you do, but it’s who you are.
A lot of times we are under the impression, and I believed this as well, that having a calling means that you are called to accomplish something or do something in life and not about who you are called to be or become in life. The truth is that God is not concerned about what you do, but He is more concerned with who you are becoming.
Your calling is not future, it’s present.
We tend to believe that our calling refers to something that we are eventually going to attain to in the future, but a calling has to do with what you are doing now. We get caught up in believing that I will be great for God sometime in the future when I finally reach my calling. The truth is that you can be great for God now. Perry Noble always says “God will not give you what’s next if you’re not faithful with what’s now.” What you do now will determine your later. We see this exemplified in the life of David. He had to first take care of the lion and the bear before he could face the giant. His decisions in the cave determined his direction to the crown. Jesus said it this way “He who is faithful in the little things will be faithful in much.” (See Luke 16:10)
Your calling is not a place, it’s a Person.
Most of the time we seem to think that our calling coincides with a place that we will eventually end up at someday, but your calling is centered around the Person of Jesus Christ. Your calling is not tied into a specific place, but is tied into Jesus. Jesus has called you and is your calling. You are in Him and He is in you. Wherever you go, He goes. So no matter where you are, you are called and operating in your calling.