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What we do here is dialogue and reflect on The Christian life as vocation. What do I mean by that? Well “vocation” is what a person does.
It is normal for us to think about vocation as what we do to make money and supply our own provision. So when we often ask each other “what do you do?” we are asking what our job is. But there is another way to think about vocation, namely our passion. What is it that moves you, inspires you, gives you a reason to get up in the morning?
Not everyone has the privilege of getting paid to practice their passion. But even less are able to weave their personal passion into the fabric of their life.
Still there is yet another way to speak about vocation, related to and yet superintending the first two; that is the vocation as self-definition. What we typically do for a living and especially what we are passionate about tend to define ourselves. We will think of ourselves as a businessman, entrepreneur, professional, activist, sports fan, and so on.
This makes us feel good, situated, and defined within this world. Yet what we do for a living and in most cases what we are ultimately passionate about fail to do us justice. These things may give us a lot of personal confidence, especially if we are quite successful and involved in them. But we are more; deep down we want more—we are more. You are more.
Here we address a wide range of topics relating to the Christian life. This is because here we talk about the Christian life as vocation. You see we were made for a robust, related, and intimate relationship with God and the world. You were created to be related to God. God is what we do. He is the source and center of life. And my position is that everything but the pursuit of God and his will on the planet not only falls hypocritically short of defining the rich complex call you, but robs us of lasting fulfillment.
God made you and me to pursue him as our vocation. So the Christian life is God’s plan for all mankind.
DISCIPLESHIP AS VOCATION
This practice and pursuit of God in the Bible has a name. It is called “discipleship.” Jesus called disciples to himself (Luke 6:12). After his resurrection, he re-communicated man’s divine vocation to them sending them to go make disciples. In Matthew 28:19–20 he commissions his Church:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them min* the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that pI have commanded you. And behold, qI am with you always, to the end of the age.
The Christian mission is to re-communicate a world that has in a sense ex-communicated itself from the God who loves it. Discipleship is about this re-communication of us and humanity to God
My question to you today is what centers you? What is it that anchors your sense of being and identity to the world. Is if your job, your passion, your hobby, your spouse, pleasures, power, income, or something else. My next question is this: is that thing transcendent? Is it something immovable and enduring, or something that can be taken away from you? that is worth pondering for a while.
What is not transcendent, eternal, immovable, will fail you. Life will fail you. God won’t. Here we explore that. the pursuit of God as the only thing worth pursuing with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Finally, this blog is not just for Christians. I welcome all perspectives in spite of my own. Here we confess that Jesus is the embodiment of the centered life and that he came to give us precisely that. I hope you will too.
Todd J Murphy