Spiritual Formation Blog Post Calling
What is Spiritual Formation?
Spiritual formation is the continuous transformation in our walk of faith with God. The most crucial concept in spiritual formation is our calling to an intimate God rooted life. The primary calling in life should first and foremost be our dynamic relationship with God.A life void of a relationship with God is shallow, meaningless, and lacks purpose. I know first hand how important it is to make God the center of your life, I will share with you my lessons learned, and specific ways you can be God rooted. It is my hope and prayer that you will make God the focal point in your life calling.
Everything Under the Sun is Vanity
In our society, most people are chasing status and material possessions, these “things” do not satisfy, but we are trained in western culture that “material stuff” is the purpose of life. In a blink of an eye, we as humans become old, sick, and die. People on their death bed wishing they worked less, worried less, stressed less, held grudges less and loved God and others with all their mind, heart and time. The wise King Solomon was rich beyond belief, yet he professes, “I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecc. 1:14). Working hard, miserably chasing dollar bills, without a Godly calling leads to burnout, “All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied” (Ecc. 6:7). Our souls can only be satisfied when we have a personal and intimate relationship with our divine creator, God. We were created for a relationship with God, He wants it, and we were designed for it, our soul wants it too.
Make God the Center of Your Life That is your only Calling
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations (Deu. 7:9). God loves us, and more than anything, He wants you to love Him, and devote your life to Him. All of our primary callings in this time under the sun is to make God the pillar of our life. I come to you from a place of humility, as King Solomon did in the book of Ecclesiastes, nothing matters more as far as your calling in life, than your relationship with God. From experience, I can tell you that the mansions, fancy cars, and designer handbags mean nothing and just create more misery and suffering when we are not firmly rooted in your inner life in God.
Steps to Being God Rooted in Your Life
Life calling is the most important aspect on your road to spiritual formation. I will make it easy for you, your life calling is… living for God first and foremost, there is no mystery, God first always, no matter what. To live purposefully for your God calling, take the following steps:
- Be God-Rooted. This means that God should take up the most real estate in your mind, not money, not vanity, not pride. God first, then do life.
- Pray as often as you can, give your life to God.
- Ask God how you can serve Him, ask for guidance and strength.
- If needed, set a timer on your watch for every 20 minutes (during waking hours only) to chime. Each time the timer goes off… pause and pray, re-center yourself in God. Do this for the next 40 days to develop the habit of being God-rooted.
- Read the Bible daily. No matter what is happening in your life, read the Bible, and keep God at the center of your life.
The Lord is My Shepard, I Lack Nothing
The truth that God calls us to Himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a response to His summons and service.Sadly, we live in a calling-less world, which is why 85% of people hate their jobs, according to a 2017 Gallup Poll; most people are chasing money and the latest iPhone. Perhaps, just perhaps, if we rooted ourselves in God first, then lived our lives, and filled our minds with loving God and our brothers and sisters of humanity, more people would work for something more than just a paycheck, they would live for God. I have found, when we serve God first with our calling, and serve others before ourselves, then God provides for us, “The Lord is my Shepard, I lack nothing” (Psalm 23:1).
God First, Then Mow the Lawn
No matter what station in life we are in, whether you are a child, student, seminary student, worker, retired, parent, or grandparent, our primary calling in life is always God first, then “brush my teeth,” God first, “then cook dinner,” God first, “then my seminary studies.” We have functional callings, like work, food, taxes, and caring for others; yet through these daily “mundane” activities, we can still align with our primary calling to serve God first and foremost through our intention with our functional callings or stations in life. Even if you are a mere housekeeper, like my mother was, clean houses from that inner space of loving God first, and serving others, washing their feet as Jesus washed his disciples’ feet.
Only God Satisfies your Soul
I used to be a business mogul, thankfully, even before being born again in Christ, I always did business from a place of, “How can I help and serve as many people as possible?” Like King Solomon, I had possessions, and all the “things,” one could want in life. After selling my businesses, and retiring in my early thirties, I learned, that I was not satisfied, in fact, I was lost and suffering, a life void of an intimate relationship with the one true God is not a life at all. Nothing satisfied my soul until being born again in Jesus, which was a supernatural experience, and will be shared in another blog post. My life calling has become crystal clear, serve God and assist him in growing the Kingdom of God. So, my friends, it is from a place of complete humility, and love, that I share with you the importance of making God the center of your life, not money, not success, not fame, but be a bondservant to our loving and forgiving God. Be God rooted that is your calling above all other things, in this time under the sun, consume your thoughts with God. Your calling, the only calling that will satisfy is the calling to serve God.
Paul Petit, Spiritual Formation, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2008), 198.
Os Guinness, The Call, Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 1998), 3-4, 29.