How To Find Your Calling – Part 4: Focus, Sacrifice
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:23-38
the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. (Luke 3:2)
This week I’m blogging on how to go about finding and walking in the calling that God has for your life.
So far we’ve looked at:
Today we’re going to look at the last two steps: Focus and sacrifice.
7 – Focus
I remember when “multi-tasking” was the buzzword in the corporate world. People felt that if they were doing multiple things at the same time, they were being super-productive – it became a badge of honor. Often I would have to tell people to mute their phone on conference calls, because you could hear them banging away on the keyboard!
But it seems multi-taking has come full circle, in that studies have proven that people stink at multitasking! When people attempt to do too many things at once, they end up not doing any of them well.
We’re much more productive if we focus on one thing for a period of time.
It’s especially true in ministry – if you get involved in too many things trying to “serve the Lord,” you won’t do any of them well.
There’s a principle here: The LESS you do, the MORE you get done.
This may sound like an oxymoron, but what it speaks to is the fact that we as humans have a limited amount bandwidth. We have limited time, limited resources, and limited energy.
And sometimes in our zeal to serve God, we can become involved in too many things at once, and end up not doing any of them well.
As the pastor I’ve had to remove myself from many areas of ministry – because if I don’t, then I end up not doing the “pastor stuff” well.
See, there are certain things that only I can do – and I need to make sure I’m prioritizing my time, energy and resources on doing those things.
My Point: As the Lord begins to show you what your primary calling is, be intentional about allocating the proper amount of time, energy, and resources to that calling.
8 – Sacrifice
FACT: It will cost you something to serve the Lord in your calling.
When John the Baptist went out into the wilderness, he gave up many of the comforts of life; He ate locusts and honey. He had a limited wardrobe. He ended up being imprisoned, and then beheaded (OK, I don’t want that ministry!)
But before we start feeling like martyr’s about our calling, we should recognize that this principle applies to every area of life.
EVERYTHING COSTS US SOMETHING. Regardless of whether you want to become an auto mechanic, or a brain surgeon, you’ll need to invest time, energy, and resources into learning that trade.
And so it will be with our calling. Jesus said:
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
We simply need to go into our calling understanding and accepting the fact that walking in our calling will require an investment of our time, energy, and resources.
But we also need to recognize that this investment has eternal dividends. When we walk in our calling, we are building the kingdom of God – and the reward is that one day we will stand in the midst of the fruit of our labor… the people who are also in the kingdom as a result of our faithfulness to our calling.
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? For you are our glory and joy. (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
We can change the world, one life at a time…