History has recorded some of the greatest people that have ever lived. Mother Theresa, Florence Nightengale, Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King are among those we remember as being great. They all had a calling or vocation to which they dedicated themselves in service to others. They all took their calling seriously and hence were able to leave an indelible mark in the “sands of time”. What is your calling and are you dedicating yourself to it? Will you like these, make a mark for all eternity?
Each Christian has been called by God. Yes, your calling to be a scientist, a doctor, a businessperson, an artist, a singer, a craftsman is important and should be pursued with energy. Note, though that these vocations will not take you beyond this present life. God has given us a calling that will last throughout eternity. That is enough reason for us to focus attention on this calling.
Paul speaking about the Christian calling said, “For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth”(1Cor. 1:26). God has called mostly the ordinary people of this world to manifest his wisdom and glory.
But why has Jesus called you and me? What has Jesus called us to?
God has called us to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus (1Pet.5:10).
We are called to inherit a blessing (1Pet.3:9).
We have been called out of darkness into his marvelous light through Jesus Christ who died for us (1Pet.2:9,21).
We have been called to be holy as God is holy (1Pet.1:15; 1Cor.1:2; 2Tim.1:9;1Thes.4:7).
We are called to share in God’s glory (2Thes.2:14).
We are called to eternal life (1Tim.6:12).
We are called to have peace with God and each other (Col.3:15; 1Cor.7:15).
We are called to one hope (Eph.4:4; Eph.1:18); the surety of eternal life.
We are called to live in the grace of Christ (Gal.1:6).
God has called us into his kingdom (1Thes.2:12).
This is a calling of a lifetime. Who can say “no” to it? God is inviting each and everyone alive to partake in this calling. God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. Everyone is called to salvation in Christ. Isaiah says, “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price”Isa. 55:1 For all who call on the name of Jesus will be saved (Rom.10:13). You cannot afford to miss this calling. You may not be a Mahatma Gandhi or a Mother Theresa but you can heed the call of Jesus and share in a vocation that surpasses all your wildest dreams.