“for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.”
Did you know your calling doesn’t have to be a job?
For years I thought I had to be a traditional pastor in a church to fulfill my calling.
Year by year, I felt less fulfilled because I thought I was missing out on what God made me for.
I believed this lie that unless my calling became a career, I was destined to be restless, mediocre, and unfulfilled…
Worse, it made me depressed, resentful toward others, and hating my job. Why? Because I believed they were keeping me from doing what I was supposed to do.
Maybe this is just me. But I wish someone would have helped me understand this isn’t true back when I was twenty!
The verse in this picture is my life verse, Ezra 7:10. It’s my personal mission and purpose.
Study the Bible. Do what it says. Teach others to do the same.
Guess what twenty-year-old Jordan?! You don’t have to be a “pastor” to become the person God destined you to be! 🤯
My calling isn’t locked up in a career. Neither is yours.
Today’s verse is about how God’s people’s purpose, gifts, and calling aren’t first about us, they are about his covenant with us. Our place in his kingdom is certain and sure because of who he is.
This has been especially rich to me in the last couple of years. You see, two pastoral doors were closed. Both opportunities made a lot of sense on paper. But God had other plans.
Through this, I realized I don’t need to be a traditional pastor to immerse myself in the story, life, and meaning of Scripture…
I don’t have to be in professional ministry to do what the Word says…
And I don’t have to be in a pulpit every Sunday to help others do the same…
So, if anyone is struggling with the idea that your purpose is tied to a position, consider that you can do exactly what you were made for right now!
You don’t have to wait for the job.
If God has called you to something, then do it everyday for the rest of your life, regardless of your title.
Your spiritual gifts and calling don’t evaporate based on your career.
Don’t miss out on the JOY and FULFILLMENT that God made you for.
I’m sure not going to!
This doesn’t mean I won’t pastor in a more traditional sense someday. It simply means I don’t need it to be what and who God is calling me to.
No more waiting around… Let’s change our corners of the world for Jesus 🙌
Today’s devotion by Jordan Loftis. Author of The Men With Bare Feet.