Work/Vocations/Callings (Part 2)

September 5, 2016

“An activity that is based on the frenzies and impulsions of human ambition is a delusion and an obstacle to grace. It gets in the way of God’s will, and it creates more problems than it solves. We must learn to distinguish between the pseudo spirituality of activism and the true vitality and energy of Christian action guided by the Spirit." (Thomas Merton)


“..if you try to live without Him [God], you will be abandoning the purpose for which you were made.” (Life Application Study Bible, John 1:3)


“God is my co-pilot” bumper stickers are misguided...if you possess every gift imaginable but don’t allow God to guide you in using those gifts, you could very well become useless. Or worse, you might spiral out of control and crash.” (NIV Men's Devotional Bible)


"...every member of the Church has his or her vocation to fulfill in the Church according to the divine will.” (Father Robert Slesinski)


"As Christians, our"call” from God is to become like Christ...This is a gradual, lifelong process that will be completed when we see Christ face to face ...To be"worthy” of this calling means to want to do what is right and good (as Christ would). We aren’t perfect yet, but we’re moving in that direction as God works in us.” (Life Application Study Bible, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)


“Vocation comes from the Latin vocari which means to call. In Greek: klisis means calling. Vocation is our response to God’s call to serve Him. We have a primary and a secondary vocation. Our primary vocation is to have union with God and become Christ-like in all that we say and do. Our secondary vocation, or vocations, are what we do in our lives that enables us to express this Christ-likeness. Everybody has been called to serve in some specific way. God wants each and every person to utilize his or her talents according to His purpose.” (Fr. Jim Katinas, Sacramental Living)


“As described in the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we left the path of our true vocation which is to grow towards God and have union with Him.” (Sacramental Living)


“We are not called merely to obey and imitate God in a moralistic fashion, but it is our vocation to participate by grace directly and organically in the divine life and glory, becoming one with the Holy Trinity in a transforming interchange of love." (Metropolitan Kallistos Ware)


“My vocation is not my career or my role in life. Rather, my vocation is my call from Christ to do what He has me on the planet to do, to cooperate in building up His Kingdom on earth. Hence, my vocation is fluid and changes with each passing day, each passing moment, in an enthralling adventure. My vocation is my way of life—His way of life in me—as time passes…When we live life as vocation, we witness to the world of the kingdom of God and rejoice in that gift that gives ultimate meaning to our daily, complex lives.” (Albert S. Rossi, Ann Bezzerides)


"You have to think of work as an act of love because it produces what is good." (Dallas Willard)


“What we should bear in mind is that every type of work on earth and in all the universe is God’s work and as such it should be performed from the heart, without reservation." (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)


"Honor Him by the quality of your work and the attitude of service you bring to it.” (Life Application Study Bible, Psalm 134:1-3)


“Most of us are already familiar with the profound...truth that man was created in the image of his divine Creator. But since God himself is a worker, we would expect man, who is created in God’s image, to be a worker, too...God is a worker. This alone gives us a clue that work itself must be significant, that it must have intrinsic value.” (Doug Sherman and William Hendricks)


“Since vocation – calling – is necessarily a vocal matter, God speaks directly to set His design before each person. We hear Him in our hearts as He seeks to break the bonds that keep us from responding to His call.” (Dynamis 4/8/2015)


"We need the grace of community. We discern our vocation in community, and we fulfill it as we are anchored in mutual interdependence with others in the community. No vocation is fulfilled in a vacuum apart from the needs and experiences of others with whom we live and work. Having a vocation never means that we are freed from the obligations and responsibilities of communal life…” (Gordon T. Smith)


“The word vocations is not simply the plural of vocation; at least not in the Christian context…  We have one vocation, but many vocations… Our vocation is our primary call, which is to follow Christ, enter into a relationship with Him, and allow Him to transform us... and become more and more Christ-like. We express this Christ-likeness in our vocations or secondary calls. Our secondary calls are our vocations which can be careers, jobs, and our roles as spouses, parents, family members and friends. It is essentially to do the work Christ calls us to do, whatever that may be at the different stages of our lives.” (Sacramental Living Blog: Vocation and Vocations)


"Some people feel they are"called” to a certain type of work…Os Guinness, author of The Call points out what should be obvious. If you are called to something, there must be a caller. As Christians we believe that caller is God…” (Sacramental Living)


“How do we identify our vocation? Perhaps it is better for us to ask how vocation finds us, for vocation means"calling.” Our English word comes from the Latin vocare,"to call,” which connotes"a summons or a strong inclination to a particular state or course of action…” (Dynamis 4/8/2015)


"Our God-given role in life is the place of our salvation.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 1 Timothy 2:15)


“God establishes the lives of all His servants on a divine foundation, so that every thought, word, and deed draws life from the Life-giver. Whatever our career, job, or calling, we are to use it for God.” (Dynamis 11/14/2013)


“…to discover God's will for us we must be faithful to Him where we are, faithful to and in the conditions in which He has placed us. One of the greatest obstacles to the discovery of one's vocation in life, which is a clear expression of our disobedience and self-will, is the desire to be someone else, someplace else, sometime else…Being faithful where we are is the basic sign that we will God's will for our lives. The struggle to"blossom where we are planted," as the saying goes, is the way to discern God's presence and power in our lives, to hear His voice, to accomplish His purposes, to share His holiness.” (Father Thomas Hopko)


“....our careers and our life circumstances are not ends unto themselves; they are means to the end of serving Christ and building his kingdom. For the follower of Christ there is no such thing as an ordinary teacher, fashion designer, homemaker, retail clerk, or barista; there are only kingdom-focused teachers, fashion designers, homemakers, retail clerks, and baristas.” (Richard Stearns)


“Do you have difficulty accepting your station in life? Do you resent where God has placed you? Although education and focused effort may enable us to take a new role or get a new job, often God puts us in a place to serve. Whether it is an actual prison or a place that feels like one, God wants you to serve him faithfully and joyfully.” (Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 1:16)


“What is your attitude when the task you have been given is not up to your true potential? The task at hand may be all you can do, or it may be the work God wants you to do. may be a test of your character that can open up new doors of opportunity.” (Life Application Study Bible, Ruth 2:7)