I really love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The movies are great but I also appreciate the journeys each of the heroes has to take.
Iron Man has to see there’s more to life than himself.
Thor has to learn what it means to be humble.
Captain America has to learn how to lead.
The Guardians of the Galaxy have to learn to work together as a team.
Each hero learns something along their journey, ultimately fulfilling their purpose of saving the day. I don’t know if they all felt called to be super heroes, but they definitely had a larger purpose to fill.
Like our favorite super heroes, we all definitely have a purpose in life. More than a purpose, though, we have a calling. There is something to which God is calling us, a role he wants us to fill for his kingdom purposes.
Samuel was called.
Isaiah was called.
Jeremiah was called.
Ephesians 2 tells us that we are God’s workmanship and he created us for specific works and tasks. Our callings are all different. Some are called to the mission field, some are called to Madison Avenue, some are called to the classroom and some are called to the family room.
If we know that God has called us then we have no choice but to listen and respond. Anything less than responding to God’s call on our lives would be disobedience.
I feel this all the time as a pastor. I know that God has called me to be a pastor. I knew it when I first felt called at 15-years-old and I know it now, seven years into my first full-time pastoral position. And on days when I’m tempted to leave pastoral ministry and do something else, I know I can’t, at least not right now. God has called me to be a pastor and, if I left right now, I would be sinning.
Being called by God is great but it can also be frustrating. At times a calling can feel like a straightjacket; we want to do something else but God has other plans. We can try to run away from our calling, but we saw how that worked out for Jonah. Instead we should accept our calling and allow God to use us as he sees fit.
He might not use us to defeat the Chitauri, but he’ll still use us to do his amazing work in this world.
What call has God placed on your life? How have you responded to your calling?