While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! This wraps up the thirty-two devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day thirty-two with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to live a sacred calling in the midst of everything you do.
Living a Sacred Calling
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.“
Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
What makes something sacred? How do you feel about your life being sacred? How does your consideration and practice of the things outlined in this devotional change the way you view a sacred calling? Why? Does the sacredness of your life’s work come from what that work is or from who it is being done for? Explain. What things change, or should change, when you begin to view the everyday tasks of your life as part of your sacred calling from God? How will your view of others change when you acknowledge their work as a response to God’s sacred calling in them?
When we live life set apart for God’s use, everything is on the table. Responding to a sacred calling may involve preaching by some, but it is just as likely to involve welding by others. While we tend to define people by what they do occupationally, God is much more interested in who we are really doing it for. The previous thirty-one devotions in this book have all been written with the prayer that you will see your life, and your life’s work, as a sacred calling from God regardless of how He has gifted you. As God calls, it is my prayer that each of us would respond, “Here am I”.
As you pray about living a sacred calling, thank God for giving you purpose in life. Pray that you would know the value of living a life set apart for God’s exclusive use. Pray that you would make all of your gifts and abilities available for God to use as He sees fit. Pray for the humility needed to appropriately, and equally, value the sacred calling God has made to the people around you who have tasks which are different from yours. Pray that you would learn to help others pursue a sacred calling in the midst of everyday life.