反思「天召」

幾年前,我做了一個午後牧靈訪問,以未婚夫婦住在我們的城市。坐在自己的陰暗的公寓,由煙灰缸,處方瓶和衣服堆包圍在地上,我了解到,這對夫妻的日常工作​​都是圍繞著抽煙,看著自己的一部電影在他們的13英寸液晶電視作為此次訪問結束後,我輕輕的問這樣的問題:“你相信上帝創造你是有目的的生活?”在她的香煙長,周到的阻力後,清楚地迷惑和被擊敗的女人老實回答說:“先生,如果我們有一個宗旨,我們也沒辦法它是什麼?“

也許你的生活的故事聽起來與那這對夫妻不同。然而,我們許多人缺乏一個明確的目的。我們有些人活著聽到別人在我們的笑話開懷大笑。其他生活週末,或者還清抵押貸款,或退休。

相比之下,我們所有的人都有一個呼叫根據盛大設計居住。

了解天召

職業(拉丁語為“呼喚”)是指以獨特的方式上帝選擇了你,以適應他的偉大計劃。此前彎曲膝蓋基督,很多人缺乏目的這個意義上說,只能在生命的聯合被發現與神(羅8:28)。換句話說,有什麼是被稱為神的行之有效的調用和他的一個職業通話之間的連接。當上帝有效地改變他們的心臟調用一個男人或女人,他也給他們帶來了生命通話;他徵集他們為他服務。轉換之後,例如,會計師做他的工作,不同的主機和不同的動機(路加福音3:10-14)。他現在是上帝所有,適用於他的榮耀。

加爾文是第一人制定出這一概念之一。卡爾文反對普遍認為只有“宗教工作者”進行了通話。首先,他宣稱,所有的生命是宗教。我們都是宗教工作者,因為我們所有的行動都是對我們不可救藥的宗教心靈的表達。其次,卡爾文教導說福音是所有生命。當基督拯救一個人,他拯救他的整個人。他淨化了他的頭腦,更新他的心臟,並激活了他的手。三,工作本身具有固有的尊嚴;它不是一個必要之惡。放下工作的一個完美的模式形成和填充後的世界,神充電亞當把他獨特的能力,並將其應用到地面一個特定的情節(創2點15)。

職業正在你的技能,並把它們應用到生活上帝的情節給了你。我們生活的情節不同,但我們的目的是一樣的:為使神的國度的原則,生活的各個方面承擔。如果是這樣的話,下一個合乎邏輯的問題是,“你怎麼找到我的職業是什麼?”

查找職業

在尋找我們的使命,我們應該考慮三個層面的問題。

第一級:難道我活了神的榮耀?

要回答這個問題就像是起草一個總體規劃為您的生活。職業生活要求我們所有的選擇,從我們的首席的願望,促進了榮譽基督的流動。遲早,大多數人面臨巨大的決定,包括大學,職業,家庭等。根據具體情況,在這些領域的選擇可能是合法的,只要它們是為促進神的名氣。

二級:什麼是我能為上帝做的最偉大的事情?

所有合法的工作應該被看作是一種感召。與此同時,聖經鼓勵我們很多很好的選項之間的優先次序。我們必須“……認真的願望更大的恩賜”(林前12:31)。談到這一段,加爾文說基督徒必須“努力申請自己越到那些東西是最有利於啟迪。”對於卡爾文,作為一個縣長是“迄今為止最尊貴的凡人的一生所有召喚的” (研究院4.20.4)。卡爾文得出這樣的結論,因為裁判官揮舞耶穌影響很大的潛力。當雅比斯禱告,上帝會擴大自己的領土(我慢性4:10),他至少是祈禱更多的職業機會,榮耀神。鑑於相對自由我們大多數人在選擇職業,我們應該通過設置高桿開始。

三級

然後有很多大專院校的問題應該試圖找到自己的地方來榮耀上帝時會問:

1.在哪裡我的優勢在哪裡?我不能做所有的事。盡我所能,我應該找一個呼叫,它利用自己的長處和容忍我的缺點。

2.如果是偉大的需要呢?在哪裡的問題更糟糕?在哪裡工人數?

3.如何將這個職業影響我的基督徒步行?有附近的教堂中,我可以給,並採取營養?是誘惑管理?與他們將我的工作?

4.如何有益的工作,我考慮?多麼必要和健康的商品或提供的服務,將有助於提供?我會為我的勞動得到公平的補償?

5.我將如何順利地提出了職業生涯凝膠與家人?某些職業的選擇會如何影響我的能力,結婚,撫養孩子,或照顧年邁的父母?

可悲的是,很多人不問決策,繪製出很多自己的餘生的難題。

住我的天職

了解職業,以及如何找到自己的之後,我們需要開始活出召喚上帝給我們。

重點王國

每一個職業真的是一分的職業。我們的首要呼召是上帝的臉,他的王國的公民之前,走正確。人才上帝借給我們每個人都是為了建立神的國度,不是我們自己的(西3:17)。

想Transformationally

亞當栽培上帝的花園裡,看著潛在的植物生命蓬勃發展(創2:4-9)。同樣,今天的基督徒應該推回防的現狀,很容易侵入生活的每一個舞台。

工作Christianly

這是一個嚴峻的現實:對於我們大多數人來說,我們的工作將有一個更短的傳統比我們的工作方式。我們的工作過程中至少同樣重要的產品。忠於上帝在我們的工作將裝飾我們的救主(提多書2:9-10)的教義。

把社區

在基督徒的生活職業必須為聯合體。或者,正如保羅所說的那樣,“讓我們每個人都請他的鄰居對他的好……”(羅15:2;參弗4:28)。如果我們只是努力為自己(甚至是我們的核心家庭),我們沒有想到職業訓練。

從整體生活

我們必須履行我們的使命,就好像上帝是全體人民的救世主,因為他是。我們奉獻給神的事業應在閃耀的崇拜,而業務往來,或從事政治或社會活動。生命作為一個整體必須是上帝指導;沒有球可能被排除。

無職業的思​​想和活動的基督徒失去了寶貴的影響,在這個世界上(海德堡問答Q / A 86)。如果今天的教會是貧血是由於缺乏眾,程序或資源,而是因為基督徒不是生活照神的目的。路易伯克富正確地說:“……如果所有那些誰是現在英國公民實際上遵守其法律在生活的每一個領域,這個世界會如此不同,這將很難被認可。”

開始思考職業訓練,不僅避免結束了像情侶在我開插圖,而是為了體驗看到基督的主權逐步應用到生活的每一個領域的實現。

A few years ago I made a mid-afternoon pastoral visit to an unmarried couple living in our city. Sitting on the floor of their dark apartment, surrounded by ashtrays, prescription bottles, and piles of clothes, I learned that the couple’s daily routine revolved around smoking cigarettes and watching their one movie on their thirteen inch T.V. As the visit concluded, I gently asked this question: “Do you believe that God created you to live for a purpose?” After a long, thoughtful drag on her cigarette, the clearly bewildered and defeated woman responded honestly, “Sir, if we have a purpose, we have no idea what it is?”

Perhaps your life story sounds different from that of this couple. Nonetheless, many of us lack a clear sense of purpose. Some of us live to hear others laugh at our jokes. Others live for the weekend, or to pay off a mortgage, or to retire.

By contrast, all of us have a calling to live according to a grand design.

Understanding Vocation

Vocation (Latin for “calling”) refers to the unique way in which God has chosen you to fit into His great plan. Prior to bending the knee to Christ, many people lack that sense of purpose which can only be found in vital union with God (Rom. 8:28). In other words, there is a connection between what is known as God’seffectual call and His call to a vocation. When God effectually calls a man or woman by changing their heart He also gives them a life-calling; He enlists them in His service. After conversion, for example, an accountant does his work with a different master and a different motive (Luke 3:10-14). He is now owned by God and works for His glory.

John Calvin was one of the first people to work out this concept. Calvin objected to the prevalent thinking that only “religious workers” had a calling. First, he asserted that all of life is religious. We are all religious workers because all of our actions are expressions of our incurably religious hearts. Second, Calvin taught that the gospel is for all of life. When Christ saves a man He saves his whole person. He cleanses his mind, renews his heart and activates his hands. Third, work itself has inherent dignity; it is not a necessary evil. After laying down a perfect pattern of work by forming and filling the world, God charged Adam to take his unique abilities and apply them to a particular plot of ground (Gen. 2:15).

Vocation is taking your skills and applying them to the plot of life God has given you. The plots of our lives vary but our purpose is the same: To bring the principles of God’s kingdom to bear in every area of life. If this is so, the next logical question is, “How do I find my vocation?”

Finding a Vocation

In finding our vocation we should consider three levels of questions.

Level One: Am I living for God’s glory?

Answering this question is like drafting a master plan for your life. Vocational living requires that all our choices flow from our chief desire to promote the honor of Christ. Sooner or later, most people face huge decisions including college, career, and family. Depending on the circumstances, choices in any of these areascould be legitimate provided they are made to promote God’s fame.

Level Two: What is the greatest thing I can do for God?

All legitimate work should be viewed as a calling. At the same time, Scripture encourages us to prioritize between many good options. We must “… earnestly desire the greater gifts” (1 Cor. 12:31). Commenting on this passage, Calvin says Christians must “apply themselves the more diligently to those things which are most conducive to edification.” For Calvin, being a magistrate was “by far the most honorable of all callings in the whole life of mortal man” (Institutes, 4.20.4). Calvin drew this conclusion because a magistrate has the potential to wield great influence for Jesus. When Jabez prayed that the Lord would enlarge his territory (I Chron. 4:10) he is at least praying for greater vocational opportunities to glorify God. Given the relative freedom most of us have in selecting a vocation, we should begin by setting a high bar.

Level Three

Then there are a host of tertiary questions that should be asked when trying to find our own place to glorify God:

1. Where do my strengths lie? I cannot do all things equally well. As best I can, I should find a calling that exploits my strengths and tolerates my weaknesses.

2. Where are the great needs? Where are the problems worse? Where are the workers few?

3. How will this vocation affect my Christian walk? Is there a nearby church in which I could give and take nourishment? Are the temptations manageable? With whom would I work?

4. How useful is the work I’m considering? How necessary and healthy are the goods or services I would help provide? Will I be fairly compensated for my labors?

5. How smoothly will my proposed career gel with family? How will certain career choices affect my ability to marry, raise children, or care for aging parents?

Sadly, many people don’t ask difficult questions about decisions that will chart out much of the rest of their lives.

Living My Vocation

After understanding vocation and how to find our own, we need to begin living out the callings God gives us.

Focus on the Kingdom

Every vocation is really a sub-vocation. Our chief calling is to walk rightly before the face of God as citizens of His kingdom. The talents God has loaned each of us are meant to build up God’s kingdom, not our own (Col. 3:17).

Think Transformationally

Adam cultivated God’s garden and watched latent plant life flourish (Gen. 2:4-9). Likewise, Christians today should push back against the status quo that easily invades every arena of life.

Work Christianly

It’s a sobering reality: For most of us, our work will have a far shorter legacy than the way we work. The process of our work is at least as important as the product. Fidelity to God in our work will adorn the doctrine of our Savior (Titus 2:9-10).

Regard the Community

In the Christian life occupations must serve the commonwealth. Or, as Paul put it, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good …” (Rom. 15:2; Cf. Eph. 4:28). If we are working only for ourselves (or even for our nuclear families) we are not thinking vocationally.

Live Holistically

We must discharge our vocation as if God were a Savior of whole people, because He is. Our devotion to God’s cause should shine in worship, while transacting business, or engaging in political or social activities. Life as a whole must be God-directed; no sphere may be excluded.

Without vocational thought and activity Christians lose valuable influence in this world (Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 86). If the church today is anemic it is not because of a lack of congregations, programs, or resources, but because Christians are not living according to divine purpose. Louis Berkhof has rightly said that, “… If all those who are now citizens of the Kingdom would actually obey its laws in every domain of life, the world would be so different that it would hardly be recognized.”

Begin thinking vocationally, not only to avoid ending up like the couple in my opening illustration, but to experience the fulfillment of seeing Christ’s lordship steadily applied to every area of your life.

 

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