Some of the most popular (and overused) buzzwords in the Christian faith are calling, purpose, and passion – rightfully so, I suppose, since everyone wants to believe that their time on earth matters. However, have these things become idols? Are we so focused on chasing the calling that we ignore the Caller? Are we so obsessed with seeking out the things that we love that we miss out on the One to whom we are called?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m an advocate of self-discovery and the journey of self-pursuit. However, I think that we need to examine our motives for seeking out these passions. Are we seeking to find a sense of belonging and fulfillment in these passions, or is our aim to better love/serve/understand our Creator?
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps. 37:4)
This verse has been quoted so many times by people as they aim to find out who they are – and that’s okay! However, notice that this verse doesn’t say “delight yourself in your passions”, but “delight yourself in the LORD.” Awhile ago, I wrote a post about works being an overflow of our identity in Christ; I think that this principle applies here as well. The world tells us to devote ourselves to figuring who we are in order to gain our identity; unfortunately, this principle has leaked into the Church. We emphasize the importance of calling, figuring out your gifts, and figuring out God’s purpose.
What if He is less concerned about what we do, and more concerned about who we are? What would it look like if we sought after Him rather than His “calling” for us?
I know, those questions may seem controversial. I’m a firm believer in dreams and visions from the Lord, and I do believe that He has specific tasks for every believer to complete while on this earth. However, I often see people (myself included) who are so overwhelmed with anxiety about what God’s will rather than finding rest in Him.
What would our lives look like if we sought after the Lord and stopped trying to figure out His will?
“Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” (Ps. 105:4)
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart.” (Ps. 119:2)
“You have said, ‘Seek My face.’ My heart says to You, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.'” (Ps. 27:8)
Reading through Scripture, especially the Psalms, the emphasis is on seeking the Lord – not seeking out the details of what exactly He wants us to do. In fact, the more that we read, the more clear it becomes that our command is to seek the Lord, obey His word, and trust that He will provide!
“But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)
This Scripture is part of the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus is talking about not being anxious; He says that we must seek the Lord and do His will, trusting that the Lord will provide everything that we need. If the Lord is faithful enough to provide all of our physical needs, surely He will provide the specifics about jobs, careers, and callings.
Seek the Lord, and He will provide. Trust that He will bring the specifics according to His perfect timing. He is faithful to provide – but we must be in tune to Him. Our callings and passions are from Him – seek Him, and He will show you the next step.