And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

SOME HAVE SURMISED THAT GOD is finicky toward folk in that He blesses those who have answered a vocational ministry calling more than others, who may have a different calling in life. There are at least two answers for such perspectives. First, that is nonsense. Good and not-so-good events happen to those serving the Lord as missionaries as well as to those serving as office workers or laborers. The Scripture also reminds us that our Father in heaven “sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matt. 5:45).

The “calling” in Romans 8:28 refers to those who have been called by God’s Spirit to leave the way of sin and follow the goodness of Jesus. The Spirit calls us, convinces us of our sin-filled lifestyle, shows us the transformation that the power of Christ can bring about in us, and leads us in the way of salvation instead of damnation.

Regardless of your vocational calling, all are created to live our lives at one with God through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on Calvary. We experience His transforming power through the reality of Christ’s resurrection. His purpose for every life is that we would love Him, know Him, walk with Him, and serve Him all our days. Do you have confidence that you are called by God? You are. You have been chosen as his child.

Pray in your school or workplace today, and thank God that He hears you everywhere.

Jim Dunn is vice-president of church relations for Wesleyan Investment Foundation, and is a former pastor and church leader.

© 2018 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.