Your Calling

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1 Peter 2:21 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:”

When we talk about the believer’s calling, we are talking about their purpose or mission in life. Many seek the vocation that God wants them to do, but they miss the calling  that He commands every believer. God certainly calls people to do different things in life. He calls some to be full-time servants of the LORD and others to do secular work only as a way to finance their ability to serve Him.

The calling of every believer is to “follow his steps.” Christ left us the example of what we should do. However, there is a key phrase that we must consider in the verse above. This verse says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered…” In other words, when you follow Christ, you will have to endure suffering, but while suffering, you are to follow His steps. In other words, you must be careful not to let suffering pull you away from certain steps. Suffering is not easy, but the test of your Christianity is not what you do in the good times but how well you follow Christ’s steps while suffering. Let me share five things you are called to do while suffering.

First, you are called not to sin. Christ did no sin while suffering, and the believer is to be careful not to let suffering cause them to go back to a life of sin. My friend, you don't suffer in life just because you are a Christian; even the heathen suffers. However, when you do suffer, you must be careful about not allowing sin to cause you to go back to a life of sin.

Second, you are called to speak with no guile. We are sometimes tempted not to say the right thing if the right thing will cause us not to suffer, but you must speak the truth despite the possibility of truth making your situation worse. It is always better to tell the truth and suffer than to be deceitful to avoid suffering. You can be deceitful and avoid suffering in the present, but deceit always makes your future worse when it is discovered.

Third, you are called not to revile those who attack you. When Christ was attacked, He did not react with an attack. It is certainly not easy when people say hateful and hurtful things about you, but you must keep your integrity and not respond in their manner. Understand that you are no different from the one attacking you when you attack back.

Fourth, you are called not to threaten those who do you wrong. Your response to those who do you wrong is to do good to them. This may certainly not be easy to do, but it is always the right thing to do. Threatening others never shows Christ through you, and your calling is to show Christ through you when others do you wrong.

Fifth, you are called to be a tool to help others when going through suffering. Christ used His suffering to save us from Hell, and it is our responsibility to use our suffering to point others to Christ. The best way to handle suffering is to go soul winning. There is no greater testimony than to continue telling others how to be saved when you are going through tough times. When you continue to witness despite your suffering is what shows that the Christian walk is real. 

You will never follow Christ until you follow His steps in suffering. Let suffering show others the right way of living by following how Christ walked in His suffering.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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