Job or Vocation

[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]I[/mk_dropcaps]n the Christian world you will often hear the phrase “I want to find my calling.”  Or “I feel called to _____.”  In more common terms what this referring to is finding that which God put you on this earth to do.  Anyone can go out and find a job.  It is something you do to earn money.  There are a lot of great honest jobs out there.  But what job or career path were you created uniquely and divinely for? The thing that when you do it does not feel like work at all because it is such a passion of yours? That kind of job can be called vocation. Vocation means a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation. It is work that so fits your set of strengths and talents there is flow that can set in as you apply yourself to it. Why talk about this in a month geared toward finances specifically?  Well how do we gain finance? Through work.  In a nation so abundant with resources in all forms it is easy to just find a job and grind out life from one day to the next.  You can make ends meet, maybe even have extra left over, but then what?  Do you love what you do? Do you make what you are worth?  Do you find significance in what you do? Please don’t just skim by these questions.  Take some time to answer them honestly.  If you said no to any of them chances are you have not found your vocation and are just in the good old J-O-B.

God’s design for us as originally designed and created beings is to fulfill the unique mission we have been put here to do.  That includes the great commission which is: “To go into all the world and make disciples.” But that looks different because we are each different.  Our vocation is our mission field and it is where we have been placed to influence the world and make disciples. It is through the application of faith in works that God moves through our imperfections and displays His glory.  Our part is to find and to stick to the calling we have been given.  He helps with the next step, but our part is in being relentless to stick to our path.

[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. -Proverbs 16:9[/mk_blockquote]

Our hearts must be in the journey in order to give us the endurance we need to complete the journey.  God is not a dictator and we are not robots.  We have been given free will. But in order to honor the Lord and give back to him what he has given us so abundantly obeying His promptings in the next step on the path that he has built us for is the best way to do so.  In this zone of obedience we each find the fulfillment of what Jesus’ live was all about, in His own words found in John 10:10

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“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly!”[/mk_blockquote]