Derwin Gray: Dear Millennial Christian, Discover Your Calling
Dear Millennial Christian,
Hi, my name is Derwin. I'm the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church.
I want to share a couple of thoughts with you pertaining to discovering "your calling"?
WHAT IS A "CALLING" FROM GOD?
A calling from God is an invitation from God Himself, inviting you to partner with Him in redeeming the world as you use your grace-infused gifting, personality, and skill set. Discovering your calling is lot like falling in love, when it happens you know. You have an internal passion that matches your external gifting.
- "For we are partners working together for God." 1 Corinthians 3:10 GNT
ALL CALLINGS FROM GOD ARE SACRED VOCATIONS
Being a Gospel-empowered middle school teacher or a Gospel-empowered Wall Street Executive is just as important to God's kingdom as being a pastor or international missionary. God has no second string on His team! We need more Gospel-infused, Jesus-adoring, Spirit-empowered Christ followers in Hollywood, in politics (in both parties), education, music, and in technology.
As the Apostle Paul says,
- "Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ." Colossians 3:22-23 NLT
FOCUS ON JESUS, NOT YOUR CALLING
You will discover your calling, not by focusing on your calling, but by focusing on Jesus, the One who called you to be loved by His Papa. Your greatest ministry will be a ministry of receiving the limitless love of God the Papa through Jesus.
- "See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are!" 1 John 3:1 NLT
YOUR CALLING FLOWS OUT OF YOUR HEALING
As you delight in Jesus, as His the unsearchable riches of grace captures your heart, you will want others to be captured by His grace too. And that's your calling. Out of your hurt and healing, God the Spirit will match your gifts, skill set, and personality with a sacred vocation that will allow you to do something in the world that displays Jesus.
BE PATIENT, BE PERSISTANT AND PLEASE BE HUMBLE
This short excerpt from book, Limitless Life: You Are More than Your Past When God Holds Your Future, will help you:
"I've logged quite a few miles flying over the years, traveling the country and preaching at various conferences, churches, and business gatherings. As I travel from one city to the next, I often fly into an airport and have a layover before I board another plane to reach my final destination. Discovering your sacred vocation is like flying from one city to the next, with a layover in between. You may start in one career, spend some time there, learn some things, and then move on, just as I spent a summer working at Geneva Steel in Orem, Utah. I learned some things there that have helped me in life, but Geneva Steel was not my final destination. It was just a layover where I learned and grew as a man. Just because your current job may be a layover, however, doesn't mean that you do not give your all for the glory of God. Often people were created for something else, but because they were not faithful in their "layover season" the layover become their final destination. Be faithful with the job you have now because you are worshiping Jesus through your work."
YOUR CALLING IS A COMMITMENT, NOT A EUPHORIC FEELING
Discovering and walking in your calling means that you will do a lot of mundane, uneventful, boring tasks. Never forget that your "heart being alive" is a commitment to the task God has called you to, not constant feelings of euphoria.
And please don't expect to have things and positions within an organization that people in their 40's and 50's have. It took us a long, long time, and it took a lot of hard work to get where we are. It will be the same for you too.
Let these drip into your heart, you will need them:
- "In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I believe in you!
About Derwin Gray
Derwin L. Gray is the founding and Lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community that loves God completely (Upward), ourselves correctly (Inward), and our neighbors compassionately (Outward) in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. Transformation Church was recently recognized as one of the fastest growing churches in America for 2010 by Outreach Magazine.
Gray met his wife, Vicki, at BYU and has been married for 19 years. They have two children, Presley and Jeremiah. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he played professional football in the NFL for five years with the Indianapolis Colts (1993-1997) and one year with the Carolina Panthers (1998). Gray is the author of Hero: Unleashing God's Power in a Man's Heart (Summerside Press, 2009) and is a highly sought-after communicator. He's also recognized by many as the Evangelism Linebacker. He's had the honor of teaching in a variety of settings including Billy Graham Evangelistic Association events, the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Exponential Conference, Simply Youth Ministry Conference, Greg Stier's Dare 2 Share Ministries, Tommy Nelson Song of Solomon For Students Conferences and at universities and conferences around the country.
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