Managing Stress Like Jesus: Know Your Calling
“I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1 NIV).
You have a calling. We all do.
God doesn’t just call pastors and missionaries. The overwhelming message of Scripture is that God calls each of us to a specific purpose and mission.
When we don’t know what God is calling us to do, it causes stress.
In these devotionals, I’ve been sharing with you seven principles of stress-free living from the life of Jesus. The first two were:
- Identification: Know who you are
- Motivation: Know whose approval you are living for
The third principle of stress-free living from the life of Jesus is this: the Principle of Vocation. You have to know your calling.
Vocation comes from the Latin word for voice and means what God has called us to do.
And you must settle your vocation if you want to cut down on your stress.
Jesus knew his calling. He said in John 8:14, “I know where I came from and where I am going” (NIV).
Jesus understood his unique purpose—and he lived for it.
Your life is driven by something. All of our lives are driven by something. Sometimes they’re driven by regret or anger. Sometimes they’re driven by shame. Sometimes they’re driven by money or sex.
God wants your calling to drive your life. How do you know what you’ve been called to do? For years, I’ve shared an acronym that has helped many, many people. I encourage people to think and pray through their specific SHAPE. That means consider your:
- Spiritual gifts
- Heart (what you love to do)
God doesn’t give you a calling you’ll find miserable. He’ll call you to do something you enjoy and something you’re good at.
Paul writes in Ephesians 4:1, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (NIV).
I encourage you to ask yourself every day: Am I doing what I’m called to do?
Talk It Over
- Do you feel like you’re actively pursuing your calling? Why or why not?
- What kinds of stress have you experienced related to your calling?
- How can you mentor others to help them pursue their calling?
This devotional © 2018 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.