We have really made this word “calling” a complicated, mystical thing. Like it’s reserved for only those who are preachers. Or Bible teachers. Maybe even it’s for the rich and famous. Like Justin Beiber was probably “called” to sing right? Or that boss in that really fancy company was definitely called to that business. Or that homesteading, homeschooling mom of six we follow on social media was for sure called to be a mother.
But “calling” is actually quite simple. If you’ve been overwhelmed by the question, “What am I called to do?” Let’s change that. Let’s walk away today as women on mission, confident in our calling in Christ.
Here’s the main thing I want you to know: We are ALL, every single one of us., “called” by God. In Greek, the Biblical word for “calling” is “kaleo” and just means to call someone by name. That’s it. Plain and simple. So, if you’ve been waiting on God to give you a crazy divine encounter that you’ll equate to your calling, you might be missing out. He’s already called you (2 Timothy 1:10, Hebrews 3:1, 1 Peter 2:9-10).
God has been “kaleo”... calling your name since you were conceived in the womb. God started knitting you together, on purpose for a purpose. He knew you’d be as weird as you are, as driven as you are, as chocolate loving as you are, as kind and loving as you are, as great of a mom as you are, as funny and awkward as you are… He knew and still knows and He has something great for you to do while you’re on this great adventure called life. Want to know what it is?
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” -Matthew 22:37-39
You see, it’s not so complicated.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. -1 Corinthians 12:4-6
The “different” that 1 Cor. 12 is talking about is the way God uniquely designed you or “called” you to make an impact. If you really want to discover your giftings, get real honest and just admit that you’re not good at everything. You’re awesome at a few specific things. Spiritual gifts test are super helpful in discovering this and you’re going to have the opportunity to take one of those on the next page. But practically speaking, just remember these three things:
To start walking boldly in our callings, we have to quit complicating it and simply follow Jesus.
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Kaley Rivera Thompson is an author, copywriter, Bible teacher, speaker, and worship leader. When she's not championing other women, cheering on the rising generation, writing or playing her guitar, Kaley loves to sip strong coffee, go on hikes, or take a day trip to the mountains with her family. She takes the most pride in being a mom to three little girls, Lina, Lili and Ceci. You can follow her on instagram at @kriverathompson or find out more on her website at kriverathompson.com.