Week One Video: What Do We Mean by Calling?

Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer

What is your calling? This concept of calling has fallen out of favor, but rightly understanding our callings as believers can help us navigate our world and shine for Christ.

We’ll start by defining what we mean by calling. In the Christian life, there are two distinct callings:

  • The general calling to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and body
  • The particular calling to serve God in this world

Our general calling is one shared by all who love Christ—we are called to be new creations, as the Apostle Paul put it in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (ESV). This transformation is the core of our calling as Christians, and it colors everything we do. Most of us embrace this calling with our entire selves, and while this calling is foundational to us as believers, it’s not the focus of this study.

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