Am I Being “Called?”

CalledI hate the word “called.”

It’s causes more guilt, frustration, and confusion than any other word in the Christian vocabulary.

I hear Christians ask all the time:

  • How do I know if I am being “called” to take or leave this job?
  • Was I “called” to serve in this ministry area?
  • How do I know if God is “calling” me to do __________?
  • I’m scared God will “call” me to become a missionary. Will he do that?
  • Is God “calling” me into the ministry?

I wish the word never existed. It simply confuses what should be a very simple process for discerning God’s will:

Calling = Desire + Gifting + Opportunity

That’s it.

Understanding If You’re “Called”

  • If you want to do something (desire) but don’t have the skills to pull it off (gifts) or the chance to make that happen (opportunity), you’re not “called.”
  • If you have the innate talent or ability (gifts) to do something, but don’t want to do it (desire) and the door hasn’t opened for that to happen (opportunity), you’re not “called.”
  • If you have the chance to do something (opportunity) but don’t have a lick of talent in you to pull it off (gifts) and wouldn’t want to do it even if you were paid a gazillion dollars (desire), you’re not “called.”

Calling = Desire + Gifting + Opportunity

If you want to do something, people have told you that you are pretty good at it, and are given the chance (or you can make it happen in an entrepreneurial sense), then you have been “called.”


But someone might ask, “How do I know when I am ‘un-called?’”

It’s very simple.

Take one of those three factors away.

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Brian is the founding Senior Pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He’s the author of 3 books, and a forthcoming title in Fall of 2017. You can find out more about his writing and ministry at and his ministry to Senior Pastors at