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My Life Is In You, Lord

January 28, 2011

Looking at your station in life from God’s perspective is the doctrine of vocation (or calling). Stephen Arterburn writes well about it today at Daily New Life:

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.
2 Thessalonians 1:11

My friend was an English teacher at a Christian high school. One day while talking to her students about what they want to do in life, she asked what considerations might motivate their career selection. Money was the top answer, followed by talent, ability, and a general liking for the type of work. “Are you saying,” she asked her class, “that none of you have considered your future occupation in light of what God would have you do?”

Sadly, many people think that unless they’ve received “a calling” to become a minister or missionary, God can pretty much stay out of the career picture. But God calls dentists, salesclerks, insurance salesmen, truck drivers, moms, and corporate executives. Whatever your occupation might be, see it as a calling from God. And recognize that our main calling in life is to be Christ-like, no matter what we do, who we’re with, or where we are (emphases mine).

“God does not call those that are equipped. He equips those whom He has called.” – Smith Wigglesworth (1859-1947)

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