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Focus: Knowing who you are
Ephesians 4:1-3 (KJV) …Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
One of the beautiful things about the human life form is that each of us is created completely unique. There may be many similarities among family members—and even friends who have known each other a long time and spend a lot of time together, but every individual is one of a kind.
You may not feel all that special or think what you do is terribly important, but there is something different about you and the way you do things that God planned before your life began. According to scripture, no human life is an accident.
Each of our lives was ordained by God for a purpose. Do you know your purpose? A person’s purpose can also be called a ‘vocation’. It isn’t necessarily what you do for a living. A person could be a customer service representative—but possibly their vocation is to be a ‘listener’, or ‘one who prays’, or ‘one who gives encouragement’.
Your vocation is not always a ‘paid position’. It may not be something you will ever wear a name badge for—and others may not even realize you have that special calling on your life, unless they are able to spiritually discern it. Nevertheless, you have been called for that purpose.
The great thing about your purpose or vocation is that no one can deny it from you. You can never be ‘fired’ from it. It is a God-given gift that resides in you. It can’t be removed from your character. You may already know what your vocation is—or maybe you have yet to discover it…but it’s in you.
Your vocation develops throughout your life. Some people leave everything else behind when they discover their vocation to pursue that calling with all their heart, soul, and mind. Others continue to go about their life with new diligence and confidence…realizing that what they ‘do’ is only part of who they really ‘are’.
Sometimes when a person realizes their calling—they become overly bold and zealous. Their passion is so intense that others might not be able to relate to them anymore. Ephesians 4:1 encourages us to be sensitive and humble as we relate to people in our everyday life. In this verse we are exhorted to have humility about the gifts we have been given so our gifts can benefit others to the full extent. What good would it do for a person to realize their calling, if their pride about their gifting drove others away?
Part of the purpose of your calling is to perform the duties of your life and all your activities in such a way that the character of Jesus Christ would be seen in you; that the likeness of Christ—in you—would draw others to Him. That’s the purpose of any person’s vocation, in a nutshell. Your calling is not just for your own use—it’s so that the purpose of God can be accomplished on earth in a better way because you were here and were willing to participate.
When people realize everyone is ‘called’ for a special and unique purpose—there is no reason for competition. The discovery that every one of us has a specific job to do should remove all envy and jealousy. It would be crazy for us to want to do what someone else is doing—or take their job, if we fully embraced the importance of our own work and calling.
If you could imagine all of the people in the world as making up a big machine and imagine each person as an important ‘part’ of the machine—it would be easy to understand that every single part of the machine is important to its ability to operate. If you take one part out—it breaks down. If one part decides it wants to be a different part—that will mess things up, too. Every individual part of the machine is just as important as any other…if it takes all of the parts to function.
It might appear as though certain parts of the machine do more work than other parts—or it might look like their responsibility is greater. But if you remove one little part that seems insignificant and the whole thing stops—it becomes clear that every piece of the machine plays a critical role in the overall performance and is equally important.
You are significant to God. You were made for a special purpose. You have a calling that is unique. Your vocation has the potential of bringing people together in the bond of peace.
Declaration: I will find new strength in embracing my vocation and pursuing it with humility. As I use my gifts to bring glory to God, I will become more secure in ‘who I am’. Finding peace with myself and my calling will enable me to be a blessing to God and others.
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