Developing a Christian Mind
One very unfortunate scenario is that people always tend to make their own definitions yet they haven’t reached the point where they can be granted identity by God. Therefore, when these people give themselves identity, they short-circuit growth and purposeful living that is only made possible through living our calling and wait to be granted an identity when we achieve what God has called us for. When we live our calling, it is a very fulfilling lifestyle that in defining our identity, we deny ourselves this opportunity. In this case, defining own identity is what is referred to as living as if one has already reached.
The characteristics that define people who are living purposeful living beyond their careers is that they always enjoy in their respective careers. They are always seen proud of their livelihoods and they also do not stop at the termination of their occupations. When someone has a calling, the end of an occupation doesn’t stop this person from living according his or her vocation. When an occupation ends, they will always find themselves pursuing other activities that could be attributed to the same occupation as they did before even with little returns but delighting great pleasure in it because to them, returns are not a determinant factor of their happiness.
In this regard, we see that “retirement” mentality is a factor that works detrimentally to our society. This is a mentality that makes people think that they have achieved what they were called to do in the world and therefore, they are old enough to sit back and watch. This is actually a sign of lack of calling and purposeful living. If everyone was to live by a calling, this would have great positive impact on the development of the society since no energies would be wasted. Everybody still alive will be actively involved in activities that improve the living standards in our society on a macro level.
The difference between being called and being driven appears in the manner in which we handle termination of occupations we are involved in. When people are driven, termination of their occupations render them jobless and unemployed leading them into doubts and depression. However, with a calling, unemployment and depression are not possible because life presents several opportunities with which someone can exercise his calling without much emphasis on the expected physical returns. Such a person highly depends on social and psychological returns. That is achievement of piece of mind through accomplishing his calling by carrying out activities that fulfill the heart. In such a case, just by doing these activities, depression is not possible for them.
Calling is an aspect that that transcends life because it is a factor that is established before we are created by God. God has the need to create a human being for specific purpose. When he establishes this need, he then creates the person and the person comes into life right away from childhood with a purpose to fulfill on earth. A person is meant to live this purpose until heaven to see what his or her calling was. This means that I have to keep living what delights me in my service to God as I carry out my occupation until finally get to learn of my identity when I get to heaven.
In order to respond to my final call like Mr. Valiant-for-Trunth in Pilgrim’s Progress, I need to identify what I can do in life to be of good service to God, follow my passion for it and work on it tirelessly. I need to do everything within my reach to ensure that at the end of it when the final call comes, my heart will be fulfilled that have accomplished my calling and that there is much evidence to show of my hard work and endurance as Mr. Valiant-for-Trunth did have scars to show of his the wars he fought.
In John 17: 1-5, he makes a prayer to God recognizing the accomplishment of the works for which he was given to fulfill on earth. As the son of God, he had enjoyed the glory of God before earth was created but made a sacrifice to come to earth to bring eternal life to the people of God after being sent by God. After recognizing the accomplishment of this task, he now prays to God to reward him by glorifying him together with him in heaven as it was before the creation of earth. By asking to be glorified, he is asked to be called to heaven again.
Guinness, Os. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of your Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1998. Print.