The Lord spoke his word to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up, go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it, because I see the evil things they do.” 3 But Jonah got up to run away from the Lord by going to Tarshish.
Have you ever noticed how we ask children, “What to you want to BE when you grow up?”…Rather than, “What do you want to do?” That’s because we often define ourselves by what we do, rather than who we are.
When you think about it, some jobs or careers other than those directly related to ministry are also ministries…teaching, medicine, leadership, even law enforcement. Some jobs, in order to do them effectively you must have passion and a heart for people. You’re using your God-given abilities to earn your living. But, most jobs are occupations. They are what we do to sustain our lives, but they can change.
But, my career is my occupation…my family and my ministries are my calling.
The apostles had occupations/careers. They were fishermen(Matthew 4:18-22), tent makers (Acts 18:1-4) a tax collector (Matthew 9:9-13), and Paul was a Pharisee (Philippians 3:5), but we didn’t get the Gospels and God’s word because of their careers or occupations. It was because of the calling on their lives.
Jonah ran from his calling and found himself in the belly on a great fish (Jonah 1:17) to get him on task. God intervened to shift his focus. The men on the ship on which Johah boarded to flee even asked him, “What is your occupation?” (Johah 1:8). Don’t get so occupied with your career, that you neglect or ignore your calling.
If God has to help you refocus, it may not be comfortable, but His will, will be done.
Relentlessly pursue your calling and be everything God created you to be.