A dear friend of mine gave me a copy of Susie Larson's book Your Beautiful Purpose for my birthday. I wasn't sure what to expect but the first chapter has already got me messed up..in a good way of course.
Larson talked about what it means to be called. (Ok, simple enough. not messed up with this). Technically a calling is simply a vocation; an assignment. (Got that). Then she suggested that God have not one but TWO callings in our lives. (Hold up, wait a minute!) The first she calls a "kingdom call". It is the assignment God has for us in this life. This is the purpose we look for. It is the big picture purpose we spend years trying to discover. (Yup, with you so far).
Then she talks about the 2nd calling. She calls it a "daily call". (Hmm. Wonder what she means by this). It is the daily practice of listening to God's voice and doing what He says. (ok, that makes sense).
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Larson warns that if we only focus on the big overarching "kingdom call" we will tend toward self righteousness. (Slow your roll there chica. what?) You see, the "kingdom call" is unique to us. No one will have a passion for it like we will. So we will get frustrated with other people because they "aren't on our same level spiritually" or "don't have the faith as we do". As if we have a monopoly on the voice of God. Forgetting that is took us years and experience to get to the level of faith we currently have.
The "daily call" requires us to focus on how to live out the 24hrs set before us in a way that draws us closer to God. Larson reassures us that the if we heed the "daily call", "...He'll get us where ne need to go so that we can live out the big picture, divinely appointed call over our lives (p32)".
The suggestion that "daily call" puts in the position for "kingdom call" and that neglecting to focus on the "daily" will lead us to self-righteous--or worse, a premature abandonment of our calling--convicted me!
Philippians 1:6 says he who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
I had to repent! I sought God for YEARS on my "kingdom call". Begging God to show me what I was suppose to do. I knew that once I discovered my purpose/my passion/my call then all the decision I made moving forwarrd would line up, support, and flow out of that call. So I was thrilled once I realized my call (See my bio).
Now God is reminding me that he started a work in me and will use the "daily call" to help bring it to completion. I complained about the ordinary days of diapers, laundry, and cooking because it didn't line up to the big picture...because it wasn't what I was "called" to do...or so I thought. In the 24hrs I have before me I can practice discerning the voice of the Lord, do what He tells me, tackle the what ifs, and develop depth of character and faith. You and I have 2 callings we need to equally pursue.
Father, Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path (Psm 119:105). You said you would lead us in the path of righteousness for you name sake (Psm 23:3). This includes the little mundane every day thngs we do. Lead us in how we live daily lives. Open our hearts to see the great call you have given us for the kingdom and for today!