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I’ve heard it many times before. “If you’re not called, then don’t do it.”

There have been other variations of it through the years. It’s also been said this way, “If you can do anything else, then do it.”

What are they talking about?

Ministry in a church.

There’s something to it. I actually agree with the statement. I would qualify it a little bit.

You have to understand, just because you’re called to something doesn’t mean that you will actually want to do it.

The poster child for this is Jonah.

Just because you’re called to something doesn’t mean you’ll be successful, popular, or esteemed.

Take a look at the life of Jeremiah, Amos, Hosea…or even the Apostles of Jesus.

You might end up being killed, both figuratively and literally, based upon your calling.

For me, I can’t do anything else.

God won’t let me do anything else.

Are there times when I want to do something else?

You bet.

Are there times when I can’t see myself doing anything else.

Yep, that too.

That’s why it’s a calling.

That’s why it’s a vocation, and not an occupation.

Even if I was being paid for something else, my central calling would be the same. I would still function out of the core of my calling.

I can do nothing else.