Our calling is always being fulfilled in a particular place, time, and life circumstance. It’s not generic, in the sense that we can’t always pick and choose what we’d like to do for a job. Our vocation is often received as we respond with common sense and faith to the situations we find ourselves in. Its context is the soil or culture wherein our life, like a plant, not only survives but thrives, bearing much fruit!
Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, reminded her that in desperate times we must be prepared to take desperate measures, for God had intentionally placed Esther where she was “for such a time as this” (Est. 4:14). How does Esther respond to her calling with caution, but also courage and creativity?
We must know God’s Word and his ways, and delight in doing his will instead of our own. Additionally, like the sons of Issachar (1 Chron. 12:32), we too must understand the times and know what we ought to do. Do we have a clear sense of the actual state of affairs around that are constantly changing? How would you describe the times we live in now, and what do you sense God is asking us to do for him?
Whatever the circumstance, there will always be opportunities for growth. But we should expect opposition as we persevere toward a favorable outcome. Paul realized that in doing God’s will, the doors of opportunity often swing on hinges of opposition (1 Cor. 16:9; cf. Rev. 3:8) What are some of the hurdles you presently face in the workplace?
Besides regular work, what other real issues must you address or manage with regard to your education, finances, health, family, and social needs? What would living with a commitment to your calling look like for you, in the face of all these limitations?
Let’s not forget God that has intentionally placed us where we are for a special reason. Through it all, the good and bad, his greater purpose is being fulfilled (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28; Eph. 3:20). Your calling from God will not lack his favor (enabling grace) or constant, omniscient providence. This is not wishful thinking or misguided opposition, but hopeful realization!