It was January and along with countless other people I was in the gym! Actually I was in the gym in December and every month before then but in January the gym was particularly crowded. I was listening to a podcast and God spoke more powerfully to me than I can remember in recent times.
It was one phrase the guy said that has gripped my soul ever since and he said this,
“calling is less about a roadmap and more about a match….it’s not what you find it’s what you feel”
It made me think about the concept of calling, Os Guinness in his magnificent book ‘The Call’ reminds us that our primary calling is to a ‘who’ not a ‘what.’ He says,
“Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.”
Then out of response to our primary calling God gives us secondary callings and they are like a match lit inside of our souls. As I sat on that exercise bike it was like God downloaded clarity around His calling on my life with the challenge to check my flame….
I’m called to this place; I love cities but God has called me to a town, to a region and many Christian leaders want to be known but only on a stage, or on social media what about being known in the town where they say they’re called, the gym, the supermarket, the bank the schools?
I’m called to a people; as a leader the people are not there for me I’m there for them! I’m to discover what it means to lead like Peter said…
“to be compassionate shepherds who tenderly care for God’s flock and who feed them well, for you have the responsibility to guide, protect, and oversee. Consider it a joyous pleasure and not merely a religious duty. Lead from the heart under God’s leadership—not as a way to gain finances dishonestly but as a way to eagerly and cheerfully serve.” 1 Peter 5:2 TPT
This has to be a match within me, it’s a fire, it’s a flame.
I’m also called to a purpose; for me it’s helping create churches that unchurched people love to engage with and whilst others may not ‘get it’ to me it’s a match within my soul. I heard this recently, “The man dancing to the sound of the music looks crazy to the deaf man” When your match is burning it’s a fire that brings music that causes you to dance, it sounds crazy to those who can’t hear it but it’s life-giving for you!
So at the start of this year, how’s your match? How’s the flame of calling within you? Is there a place, is there a people, is there a purpose? I think there is for each and every one of us and when we discover it, it changes everything…it even makes the exercise bike at the gym seem more enjoyable!
Leon Evans – LifeCentral