A few months back God gave me a revelation on our calling in Christ. I felt God share with me that, as Christians, “we have two callings: a primary calling, and a secondary calling.” Then, just a few weeks ago I was attending a Business and Missions Conference in Egypt and was listening to an Australian businesswoman share how many Christians are stressed and confused about their callings. She said, “We actually have two callings, a primary calling, and a secondary calling.” She used the exact same wording. I was shocked.
The primary calling is to God himself. When we decide to follow Jesus, He calls us to Himself as He did with the disciples saying, “Come, Follow Me.” When we decide, “Yes, I want to follow Jesus,” the Holy Spirit of Adoption gives us a new identity as a son/daughter in Father God’s Kingdom.
Even Jesus, after His Baptism, had a moment where the Spirit descends and God says, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I’m well pleased.” This moment was before any miracles or ministry. This affirmation was Jesus’ strength. He knew God’s love for Him and withstood the temptations in the desert and the attacks of man. He trusted God’s love and submitted to His will in loving obedience even unto death on the cross.
This same love of God is given to us and should fuel our lives and obedience to God. We love because He first loved us. This is the basis of our life in Christ and is our primary calling that should never become secondary, but the primary calling is intimately connected to our secondary calling.
Jesus embedded the secondary calling as a promise. “Jesus called out to them, ‘Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!’” (Matthew 4:19 NLT, emphasis mine). Our secondary calling is to fish for people according to Jesus’ way.
We can find Jesus’ template in the Gospel according to Luke:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 4:18-19 ESV
We now have the same Spirit and carry the same message! Peter, the fisherman, wrote, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9, Emphasis mine) and a paragraph later, “For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16 ESV, Emphasis mine)
The language of the second calling is that of a King with a Royal purpose for his servants. There is a battle for eternal souls on this earth that we are to take part in. Our Spirit-empowered good works and proclamation of His Kingdom lead people into it.
Every day, we have an opportunity to step out and learn to love our neighbor like Jesus and show the world the God of love and how his Kingdom functions. May His Kingdom vision fill our hearts today and flow out onto others.
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