Finding Your Calling
Text: Ephesians 4:1-3
by Robert J. Young

A Princeton University study revealed that on any given day, 60-80% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs--enough to consider job change. Live lives of quiet desperation. Career sufferers--show up at church, counselor, work with various difficulties in life--marriages, physical health, self-esteem, relationship with bosses-peers-subordinates. All symptoms of deeper problem. Problem is lack of purpose, direction, focus. Lack of calling.
If asked about calling, most answer by saying what we do for living. "Missing your calling" is equated with being in wrong line of work. Calling has come to mean job or vocation. Vocational training is job training. Vocational counseling refers to career choices.
Word "calling" (vocatio) is much richer in biblical text, related to understanding of human life, Eph. 4:1ff. When God calls to vocation, gives daily labor religious dignity and tells of spiritual significance of everyday working life. Our world no longer sees vital connection between God, work, and human community.


Finding your call.
Given this biblical understanding of calling, several important questions-concepts-themes should be examined in summary. Today we share three groups of three that come from Eph. 2,3,4.

We began with a picture of quiet desperation. What is the biblical solution to the humdrum, boredom, meaninglessness of existence which so many experience? Discovering and expressing our uniqueness as God's workmanship, choosing to depend upon Jesus as Lord and provider, and finding identity and being as his representative using his resources for his purposes and mission are essential.
God is calling. He is waiting. Is anybody listening?

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