We must always be careful to root our identity in our call to salvation. Here’s why this is important: we’ve got to be careful not to root our identity in a calling to some particular task or some particular job or some particular thing that we’re called to do at a particular point.
So, yes, that call is real, but at the same time, that’s not intended to be our identity. Our identity is intended to be found in Christ alone, because ten years from now, twenty years from now, thirty years from now, forty years from now, we may not be in that place. We may not be in that job. That may not be there, but ten billion years from now, we’ll still be in Christ. And so this is the unshakeable foundation for identity forever.
I think about my own life. Just a couple years ago, I was pastoring a church and loving pastoring that church, and would have loved to do that for the next forty years. But the Lord called me to a different role—not pastoring a church in the same way. So it’s a good thing that my identity was not found in being pastor of that particular church, because I wouldn’t have known what to do once that was gone. And in the same way, now, my identity is not in the role I have at the International Mission Board.
So we need to root our identity in the fact that God has called us to himself. And before we’re anything else, we are children of His. And we have a security that is more important than anything else this world could ever offer us. The call to salvation, identity in Christ—that’s where we’ve got to start in our understanding of calling.
David Platt is the president of the International Mission Board (IMB) and founder of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Follow Me, and Counter Culture.
This short video is taken from David Platt’s message titled “Defining Calling.”