I have been pondering the nature of a call of God on your life over the past few days... A few months back i read the Os Guinness book THE CALL, and it really helped me make soem very hard decisions and to see some clarity in God's leading.
In the book, Guinness describes what he views to be the nature of a Call namely that all Christians who have heard the word's of Jesus to follow me, have heard the call. The problem being when people try to interpret what that call may mean for their Life. The call is clear then, but our response and interprettion is often fuzzy, Christian dogma in an attempt to explin it has according to Guinees not always helped it but distorted it>
Distortion one is the idea that spiritual things are higher than secular things; so, calling is reserved for monks, nuns, and priests, and lay people are let off the hook.
Distortion two is the other way around, Martin Luther and John Calvin taught that calling includes your work. The problem here is that in the modern world we see the words calling and vocation as the same as work nd employment. So, we have a situation where calling is being secularized and work is being sacralized.
For me the situation I am puzzling over is not the first call - the Follow Me. that is not at issue but rather what Guinness calls the special calling which refers to those tasks and mission laid on individuals through a particular supernatural communication and gifting from God. I was brought up in the faith believing that this call was geographicaly specific, a fine line that we must walk for fear of not serving God in the right palce at the right time.... However I have come to the conclusion that much of that thinking is Bunkum - rubbish - and very dangerous. it causes people to make statements like, "That's not my ministry" or "I didn't feel led." But it's also used by well meaning pastors to undermine what people are doing for God outside of the Church. A few months back I was interviewd for a position with the government working for the Ministry of Youth Development, a well meaning comment was made but wouldn't that betray your call - well of course not, in fact i could think of many ways in which it would have enhanced it - where i could have served God more than i am currently doing. Needles to say I did not get the position, damn shame....
So at the end fo the day here is who I am, a person who has recieved gladly and gratefully The call of Jesus to come and follow him... I have been gifted with many attributes, personal and spiritual to help me to do that, I will use them whenver I can and wherever I can, whether it be in the Church or in the World, until the day when the Lord asks for them back, on which day I hope he will say, "Well done good and faithful servant....enter into your rest."