Your Calling Might Not Be What You Think

By Fin Sheridan

We all want to discover our calling. Christian or not, we are obsessed with figuring out what we are on Planet Earth for. We want to know what our life will look like. We want to know what we should be doing, what choices we might need to make to have the fulfilled life that we all crave.

Everyone from pastors to psychologists, rappers to marketers, talk about this. We’re sold products, based on the aspirations that we have. Maslow placed “self fulfilment” at the top of his hierarchy of needs – basically what do we need as humans to be happy. Music, film and art constantly explore the possibilities of human existence and what we are here to do and become.

The underlying belief behind this search is that we think what we discover will be a good thing, right? We are sure that we’re going to discover something good, something exciting, definitely wonderful, hopefully glamorous, probably profitable. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be chasing it!

“How many of us would choose crucifixion for our calling?”

Good Friday is the day that we remember the death of Jesus. The Son of God came and died to restore humanity to the Father. Hebrews 9 says that “without blood, there cannot be forgiveness of sins”. Jesus’ death was necessary. It was a part of his calling.

How many of us would choose crucifixion for our calling? The most painful death as the purpose for our lives. And yet, in the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “when God calls a man, he calls him to come and die”. Jesus said that if anyone would follow him, we would also have to take up a cross.

Your calling might not be what you think. And yet, choosing anything less than what God has for you will never truly satisfy. The good news of Good Friday is that we follow the one who went through unimaginable suffering and yet, at the same time, promises to lead us towards a truly abundant life.

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