Different Callings, One Purpose
The search for purpose seems to be a popular quest these days. Purpose can be defined as the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists. We all want to have been created for a reason.
But who says we aren’t?
We are intentionally created with a perfect purpose. We are intentionally created in His image with a purpose. That purpose is to glorify God.
“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:11, English Standard Version)
If we all have the same purpose, but know that God created each of us differently, then how does this work out? Well, this is where we see our callings. Our callings are how we’re going to live out our purpose. We’re all called to different things. Plus our calling can change, but our purpose is always the same.
The apostle Paul, who isn’t one of the first disciples, writes a good portion of the New Testament. Somewhere around 50 AD, he writes a letter to the people of Corinth. In 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 he writes about one body with many members. He’s writing about the Church, the actual bride of Christ. Not to be confused with just the churches in that town, he means all Christians are part of the body of the Church.
“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are you all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:27-31, ESV)
Some of us are called to be missionaries. Some of us are called to be scientists. Some of us are called to be mothers, teachers or nurses. The fact is that you can have more than one calling throughout your life, but the entire journey should be spent glorifying Him.
So God created us in His image, but uniquely gifted with callings. Like an orchestra ready to work together to declare something momentous. God created us each as our own selves so that together we could become a full body, the body of Christ, and show the world His magnificent glory.
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Other scripture to refer to // Romans 12:3-8 | Ephesians 4:11-13 | Ephesians 4:16
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