What is my calling? This is a common question that is asked by young adults. We always want to know what the future will hold in our walks with God. We want to know what career to take, who are we supposed to marry, and what ministry to be a part of.
At youth conventions and church services, the visiting evangelist usually shares the story of how he or she were called to ministry. It usually goes like this, “While I was at this youth convention, I went to the altar and heard the voice of God tell me to go and be a missionary to Africa.” I get excited when I hear about those moments, and I also enjoy seeing how their ministry has advanced through the years. However, we as young adults become discouraged when we beg and beg for God to give us direction and we don’t hear his voice telling us to be a Home Missionary.
When we are disappointed with not getting the twenty-five-year ministry plan, our emotion can lead to us to think that we are not called. When we have that mindset, we then start to become idle in our walks with God. We start to think what is even the point of coming to church, living a holy lifestyle, and communicating with God when he has not given us a unique calling. Here’s the thing, we have already been chosen to minister.
2 Timothy 1:9 states that God has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. Before we were born, Jesus called us to ministry. His promise has been made in his word. Even though we might have never had that burning bush moment, we can start ministering to others in our everyday lives.
God will place a burden on some of us to go and minister in other places, but for some, God’s calling for us takes some time to grow. Ecclesiastes 9:10 states that whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. While we hear the stories of God calling pastors and missionaries know that everything that we do whether it be praying for our friends, talking to God on an everyday basis, or staying committed to our churches, God is preparing us for future ministries.