Sunday, April 5, 2009

God Doesn't Call Anybody?

What if I told you that God doesn't call anybody to a certain occupation?
What if I told you that "call" in the Bible really means an invitation to the benefits of the Gospel and isn't really connected to occupation?
What if I said that there is not a single example of God appointing a person to a specific occupation in all of Scripture?

How would you respond?

6 comments:

  1. I think when we realize this it takes a huge amount of pressure off of us. I think we get tied up in worrying about if we're in the very center of God's will, when in reality God wants to use us where we are. Maybe we get so worried about what God wants from us that we miss what he's really wanting to do in or through us.

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  2. Sounds about right. Although Jesus certainly sought out and chose his disciples, you can't really call that an occupation... since they still had to fish and do carpentry to finance travels, etc.

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  3. I think I disagree. Certainly you must say that God called David to his role as king. Perhaps you can try and split hairs as to whether this can be considered an occupation, but clearly he has tasks to perform that are rapped up in his call. Each and every prophet is called to their role as prophet, etc.

    All this is to say that perhaps no one in Scripture is called to a "job" in the modern understanding of the term. However, you cannot deny that many of those called into relationship with God were charged with certain tasks that led them to occupy certain societal positions.

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  4. I think the only calling we can count on for sure is the calling to follow. I feel like our passions should dictate our occupation, but then again I think that our passions are God-given too, so that may explain why the church is/should be so diverse. If we are following and working towards our passions then I think we inevitably will end up with a wonderful occupation.

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  5. If the Bible does not talk specifically about occupations (I think that King is more of a role in the believing community than an occupation, David was the foreshadow of Christ, etc.) then how are we to understand occupations today?

    I would not suggest a deistic approach in which God does not care what we do. But how should we understand them?

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  6. Ainsley StebbinsApril 8, 2009 at 9:53 PM

    I honestly believe that God can call us to a specific occupation. My pastor felt incomplete and lost until she took up the call. Now, she can't wait to get up and preach and loves it. It was over 3 years ago that she took this calling.

    He may not call ALL of us to a specific occupation, but He does want us to please Him with the job we choose. (If we choose the wrong one, He'll lead us to the right one)

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