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    Christian Discussion - No Debate - Thread: (No Debate) Ephesians 2:10 Created for good works

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      (No Debate) Ephesians 2:10 Created for good works

      Ephesians 2:10 says
      10 "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them."

      I think about this verse when I think about the difference between "calling" and "vocation". Maybe I have mentioned this before, but I believe the difference is important. Vocation has to do with the specific job I am doing. Calling has to do with the purpose for which God made me and the work he wants me to do. It use to be that I was worried about missing God's will for my life because i thought it had to do with a specific job. Now, I am realizing that jobs are man made and calling is God made. As long as a job is consistent with my calling I feel free to be able to accept that job. Which in turn means that I may not be particularly loyal to a company or specific position because I don't see that as the key issue. The key issue is whether or not I am doing the works that he has called me to do as Ephesians 2:10 says.

      My calling is to work with people who are broken. So, there are no shortage of jobs that fit that description. Sometimes that has meant physically broken such as a nursing home or hospital, but it always means spiritual broken and sometimes also emotionally broken

      I may be wrong, but I don't particularly think God cares what office or building I do that in. As long as it is consistent with the calling. That's what I focus on.

      Your thoughts?

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      I believe that if you have peace and a knowledge that you are in Gods will then you are right where you should be. Bless you
      Isaiah 40:31

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      I wanted to add that when I was in the middle of a career change I got a book called "What am I supposed to do with my life?" by Douglas J. Brouwer. It really helped me

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      Up until Luther's time a calling was only reserved for church work...then Luther said something about the priesthood of believers and started talking about godly vocations. I think that Luther was onto something since we can see how we are all called to serve God and our neighbor and there are examples in the scriptures of it.
      "Christianity does not require more work but more trust." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "Bearing fruit does not make you a branch. A branch is a branch because it grows from the vine." Pr. Jonathan Fisk
      "A Christian's life is not defined by what the Christian does. It is defined by Christ and what He has done for us." Pr. Rolf David Preus

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      I can see using the OP’s definition of vocation and calling how our careers change over time while God’s gifts and inspiration remains constant although developing and maturing throughout our lives.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
      I can see using the OP’s definition of vocation and calling how our careers change over time while God’s gifts and inspiration remains constant although developing and maturing throughout our lives.
      I definitely think I was not ready to be a counselor in my 20's. I remember actually going to Liberty many years before I attended and considering and deciding against it. I just wasn't ready at the time

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      Quote Originally Posted by jsimms435 View Post
      I definitely think I was not ready to be a counselor in my 20's. I remember actually going to Liberty many years before I attended and considering and deciding against it. I just wasn't ready at the time
      Right, God uses the circumstances in our lives to prune us and transform us into His image.

      The thing I appreciate about Luther is his emphasis on loving our neighbor through our daily lives=calling.
      Last edited by Tigger; 07-01-2018 at 06:43 AM.

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      Quote Originally Posted by jsimms435 View Post
      My calling is to work with people who are broken.

      Your thoughts?
      Yes...I'm curious...what was Humpty Dumpty like?

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