One of the most important aspects of calling is definition. How would you define your call? Have you even thought about defining your call or are you just wandering through life, hoping to bump into your call along the way? Too many of us leave our call to chance rather than intentionally pursuing it.
Jesus had an understanding of his call. Jesus did not begin his ministry in a random way. In the Gospels, I read a lot of intention and purpose to his words and actions. Because Jesus is our example to follow, I think we should, likewise, have an understanding of our call.
If you are reading this and starting to get anxious because you are struggling to define your call, please stop because that’s not going to help you get clarity. My purpose is simply to provoke within you a desire to begin the journey of thinking, praying and hopefully better understanding what God has called you to.
As you go on this exciting journey, I want you to think about summarizing your calling in ONE BIG IDEA. Don’t think in terms of paragraphs of information but define your calling in one, simple, compelling and clear sentence. If you can narrow the focus of your call to ONE BIG IDEA that could fit on a T-shirt, you are well on your way to living out your call with definition.
I’ve narrowed my call down to ONE BIG IDEA, “To activate the call of God in people’s lives”. I would unpack this ONE BIG IDEA by saying, my assignment is activate people for their assignment. My holy discontent is seeing people not walking in their God-given call. I have a burning passion and desire to fire people up about living on purpose and using their gifts and time to make a difference in the world. This passion bleeds through in my preaching, my blog, my writing, my relationships and my ministry.
Recently, I attended the Planet Shakers Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Planet Shakers is a movement that God is using to impact thousands of people around the world. They have a clear understanding of their call. They would define their call as “Empower a generation to win a generation.” They have narrowed their call to ONE BIG IDEA.
So, what is your call? How would you define it? Is it simple enough to fit on a T-shirt but is it complete enough that it encapsulates all that God has put on your heart? I’m interested in hearing what your call is. Reply to my comments section and send me through your ONE BIG IDEA. Remember, it’s not about right and wrong but about definition. We all have different callings, what is yours and how would you define it?