“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,” – 2 Timothy 1:9-10
I read this passage of scripture a couple of days ago, and something about it was illuminated to my understanding that I had not noticed before. This revelation was so impactful for me that I thought I’d share it with you all today.
I’ll start by saying that most men feel confused about their calling — about who God wants them to be. The issue is that most men have lost sight of the simplicity of Christianity. The word, “Christian,” literally means to be “like Christ.” Ultimately, this is the calling of man — to be like Christ. Jesus gave us an observable lifestyle — His lifestyle — to imitate.
The passage quoted above tells us that God appointed us to a high calling and was given not because we earned it, but because He graciously purposed in Himself to ordain us to that high calling. The scripture then states that this calling was given to us before time began! In other words, long before we came along, God anticipated our created purpose; He knew what we would be destined. This high calling was a mystery for ages, but it is now revealed in the person of Jesus. To show us what man was called to do, God became a man Himself and actively demonstrated the created purpose of mankind. Jesus revealed our calling by walking it out Himself. So what did Jesus do? The scripture says that He “abolished death.” Our calling, based on the example that Jesus set, is to abolish death and destroy the works of the devil everywhere we go. We’re here to finish what Jesus started — to bring healing to the broken-hearted, freedom to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, salvation to the lost…Jesus reversed the advancements of hell everywhere He went. That’s what we were created to do!
Are you not sure about what you’re called to do? Well, guess what? There’s no longer an excuse to remain ignorant…Jesus revealed your calling; He made it easy to observe. Christ is your model of manhood. It’s so simple, but so often overlooked! The Bible says that we should “reign in life” (Romans 5:17). What does that look like? Well, how did Jesus do it? He reigned over sickness and disease by healing people everywhere He went. He reigned over hell by casting out demons. He reigned over the deceit of the enemy by preaching the truth. He made Himself a servant, even to laying down His own life to love those entrusted to Him. Jesus was a servant-leader, a wise teacher, a bold preacher, and a compassionate friend. Christ showed us what it means to reign in life — to be a biblical man.
Remember, Jesus revealed your calling. Before you begin thinking about what your unique personal calling may be, it’s critical that you fully embrace the universal calling of mankind…to be like Jesus. What can you do today to reflect Christ better than you did yesterday? We shouldn’t expect a vocational calling to be of any profit if we don’t first embrace our calling to become like Jesus. It’s Christ being formed in us (Galatians 4:19) and Christ coming out of us that brings supernatural influence to our personal callings, whether that be business, arts and entertainment, retail, etc.
Know that you’re here for no other reason than to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29), and to see His disciples multiplied all over the world. People need to see Jesus in you! Don’t compromise that calling by allowing vocational success or material prosperity to become more important.