Every Christian has two callings in life: a spiritual one to salvation and also a vocational calling. Life is too short to miss either one. Your two callings are separate but inseparable. The first informs the way you’ll live out your second calling. The realization of what Christ has done for us produces a compulsion to live for Him. When we talk about one’s “calling,” we’re speaking about the vocational kind that answers this question: “I’ve decided to follow God, but how does He want me to use my gifts and passions?”
Asking the right questions is crucial for discerning one’s calling. Oftentimes, we fail to ask the correct questions and then wonder why our answers are so dissatisfying. Seeking God’s will for your life begins by asking yourself, “What keeps me awake when I should be falling asleep at night?” The answer will expose what makes you mad, what makes you cry, what lingers in your mind when the world goes dark. The second question you should ask yourself is, “What wakes me up when I should still be sleeping in the morning?” The answer will uncover what you value, what you’re committed to, and what excites you.
Here are several others I think are helpful for deciphering God ’s invitation to you:
- What are your passions and gifts? At the intersection of these two elements, you’ll find your purpose in life.
- What would you work on or want to do for free? That is usually a good sign of what God has designed you to do.
- What energized you when you were a child? Does it still animate you? Knowing your calling is often directly connected to childhood passions and gifts.
- If you could do anything and take a pay cut, what would that be? You may have to blow up your financial goals in order to pursue your true calling.
- What barriers are preventing you from pursuing your true calling? Can you begin removing those?
- If you aren’t engaging your gifts and talents where you find yourself now, could you make changes in your current role to better engage those? Don’t rule out the possibility that where you are is where you need to be.