“Whenever he became conscious of who he was, he also became conscious of what he had to do.” -Max Lucado
Jesus, as a human, discovered who he was a little bit more every day. We do the same. The more we know about ourselves, the more we know about our purpose. Everyone was created for a reason. It is not by chance that you are sitting where you are, with whom you are sitting, and it is not by chance that your life has lead you to where you are today. It’s all part of your story. It’s all part of you. So who are you? This is a new perspective on the word “calling.” We each have a calling. To be called doesn’t mean to automatically be called to ministry or to mission, but our callings are our stories and how we help write them. Our testimony is who we were; our calling is who we are and who we are to become.
John 10:17 says “The reason my Father loves me is that i lay down my life–only to take it up again.”
We are called to lay down our lives, but only to take them up again. I urge you lay yours down if you haven’t. You’ll become the you that you were created to be. When you take your life back up, your life becomes untouchable. You become an untouchable citizen of the Kingdom. A picture of this “laying down” is one of baptism. Most people have witnessed baptism. It always tugs at my heart to see someone submerge themselves in water, only to come back up. Last time I saw it, I couldn’t help but utter the only expression of worship my brain could find fitting. “Dammit, Jesus…” Don’t judge.
The point is, you are called to lay your life down in His death, and when you do, you’ll be raised in His life. You are you for a reason, and the reason you like the things you do and are good at the things you are is because you are tailored to your purpose, and your purpose is tailored to you. Don’t let the word “calling” scare you. Your calling is your story.