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Get Your Calling On!

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I have heard guys of many ages talk about their “calling” or feeling called to do something. Like many young boys, I always had a picture of who I wanted to be when I grew up in my mind. The problem is that picture was constantly changing. The first job I remember I wanted was to own my own gumball machine business (this happened, but it was only two gumball machines that are still at my dad’s office). For a while, I wanted to be a mountain man and “live off the land.” Then, I wanted to be a college football player. This one lasted a while, and I am still waiting on my D1 offer! Just kidding!   Then, I wanted to start a bunch of businesses and make tons of money. 

All of that changed very quickly. In my sophomore year of high school, I woke up one summer morning to my mom telling me that she and my dad were taking my sister to the hospital because she was very sick. We all thought that the three of them would be home that evening. To make a long story short, only my parents came home. My sister passed away from a very rare illness and suddenly I was faced with a very hard but true reality. This life is short. I cannot take anything with me, so what can be done to make the life God has given me count? I did not know the answer that day, but I knew where I could find out. 

I remember opening my Bible and beginning to search. I began to see how fragile life is and how quickly it passes. 

James 4:14 says “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” 

Like when you go outside on a cold day and let out a huge breath of hot air. That mist or vapor only lasts a second or two. My life and the lives of everyone around me are no different than that mist in comparison to eternity. It was not until college that I began to see how to make that mist count. 

During my first week at Kansas State University, I met a guy named Jordan who worked for a campus ministry. He began to disciple me and show me God’s purpose for not only my life but for everyone who is a follower of Jesus.

 I read in Matthew 4:19, “Come follow me,” Jesus said, “And I will make you fishers of men.” 

I had been learning to follow Jesus for quite some time, but I had completely missed the second part. Jesus was calling his disciples to learn to fish for men! They would follow Him, and as they did that He would teach them to fish for men. Jesus was not calling His disciple to simply learn from Him academically; He was calling them to learn how to take the gospel from Jerusalem to Judah, to Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8).  

During my years in college, I saw how I could live for that kind of a vision. My life was no longer about what I could do on this earth, but how I could make it count eternally. 

There are three things that are eternal: 

  1. God, 
  2. His Word, and
  3. the souls of man. 

Instead of just living to get a better GPA, more status on campus, and a better or higher paying job out of college (none of which are bad things by themselves), I started to live for God’s kingdom first.

Matthew 6:33 says “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.” 

What does it look like to live for His Kingdom today? Tell other people about it! Encourage them to begin thinking about a relationship with the King whose kingdom will never end. 

First Peter 1:24 says, “For all men are like grass, and their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord stands forever.” 

I know that my life on this earth will not last, and yours will not either. Use it for something that will last! If you are a senior in high school getting ready to graduate, there are going to be thousands of things vying for your attention. Make up your mind now about who you will live for. For a mist will not last for eternity. 

As we get older, the responsibilities get heavier and the distractions get larger. We all have a tendency to drift towards the things of the world and we must recognize this (First John 2:15-16). 

Jesus has given us a calling that is higher than any occupation. Maybe you do not have your first job or maybe you have had a job for years. Remember that Jesus is calling you to use your gifts and talents for His Kingdom and not your own. 

I will be honest, I have no clue what occupation I will have for the rest of my life, but I know how I will spend each day that I am given. Seeking first His Kingdom by telling everyone around me about how God changed my life and gave me purpose. And by seeking first His righteousness by following Jesus and day by day becoming more like Him.  

Warrior On!

Parker Yust

Parker grew up south of Kansas City near Spring Hill, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Business Entrepreneurship, and currently works on staff with Student Mobilization in Cebu City, Philippines helping college students grow in leadership, character, and faith. Parker loves spearfishing, riding motorcycles, waterskiing, and hunting.

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