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February 1, 2019

I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you therefore to lead a life worthy of the vocation to which you were called.
(Eph. 4:1, NJB)
 
I am in prison because I belong to the Lord. Therefore I urge you who have been chosen by God
to live up to the life to which God called you. (Eph. 4:1, NCV)
 
In light of all this, here’s what I want you to do. While I’m locked up here, a prisoner for the Master,
I want you get out there and walk – better yet, run! – on the road God called you to travel. I don’t want any of you sitting around on your hands. I don’t want anyone strolling off, down some path that goes nowhere.

(Eph. 4:1, The Message)

The idea of “calling” makes all the difference in the world in how we experience the Christian life. Some think in terms of trying to measure up to some standard in order to be acceptable to God. Since no one can actually do that, they labor under a constant burden of guilt and frustration. In contrast, the Christian life can be viewed as an invitation. Instead of feeling “pushed” to do better, we are being graciously invited into a better future that has already been prepared for us. While popular thinking assumes the first approach, the Bible constantly emphasizes the latter. It sees a loving God calling us to live out a “destiny” that has already been given to us. Once this way of thinking takes hold, it generates excitement, anticipation, and growing confidence … along with greater fruitfulness and fulfillment.

In a way, the entire life of Christian spirituality could be described as one of living out one’s “calling.” In fact, the very word “church” comes from the Greek ekklesia (cf. “ecclesiastical”) meaning those who are called out. This does not mean “called out” in the negative sense that we use it today, but rather called out of a dark life devoid of meaning into one of light and clarity and purpose.

We are not only called in a general sense — to faith, to Christ, to life in the new community of the church. We have individual callings as well. The old word was “vocation” which is rooted in the same word as “vocal.” Sadly, the word has been dumbed down to mean our “jobs,” but it is much, much more than that. Our jobs are merely one of several vehicles for the expression of our true vocation. You may not have a paying job, but you always have a vocation.

What a privilege! God has called you and me to a specific role in the world that blesses others and glorifies (puts the spotlight on) Him. Given the importance of this idea, how sad it is if we do not come to understand it and live it out as fully as we can. That is why “Full-Time Calling” is one of HVC’s Core Values.

For the next several Sundays we are going to go in search of our callings. I wonder if there are people in your orbit that might respond to an invitation to come and discover their callings as well?

Spread the word!
Frank

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