Psalm 37:4

Beware of anything that competes with loyalty to Jesus Christ. The greatest competitor of devotion to Jesus is service for Him… The one aim of the call of God is the satisfaction of God, not a call to do something for Him.

Oswald Chambers

When considering your calling, it is vital not to overlook this truth: that you are not primarily called to something but to someone.

What you do only matters because of Who you do it for.

The idea that we are called to do something is not a wrong idea. God does call each of us to respond to Him in a particular way. But this is the secondary calling of humanity. It only comes as a result of hearing the voice of God.

Hearing the voice of God only happens when you are near to Him.

You cannot possibly know your secondary calling if you have not responded to your primary call, which is a call to relationship with God, and finding satisfaction in Him.

The distinction between primary and secondary calling

Primary calling: Respond to Christ’s invitation to live by Him, to Him, and for Him. First and foremost we are called to Someone (God), not to something or somewhere. You enter into a relationship with God, and out of that relationship comes a new way in which you do everything.

Secondary calling: Wherever you are, and in everything you do: think, speak, live, and act entirely for God. What you do and how you do it is shaped by your response to God’s primary call. Secondary callings only matter because your primary calling matters most.

Our response is to be satisfied in God

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

John Piper writes, “Delighting in God means savouring the diverse excellencies of God, especially as they are manifest in Christ.” This is only possible through constant reminders of the diverse excellencies of God: through His word, in prayer, in fellowship with other believers, in worship through music and other art forms, and by choosing to admire nothing above the majesty of God.

I encourage you to read or listen to this short message from John Piper, who talks about delighting yourself in the Lord.



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