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Work/Vocations/Callings (Part 3)


"A “calling” or “vocation” is common to all members of the “church” or “ekklesia” (from the Greek verb “ekkaleo,” which means “to call out”). We are all “called” “according to his purpose” (Rom 8: 28) for each of us, according to our specific, God-given gifts and character. But it is not easy to discern God’s voice in our lives (our specific “calling”), because we are burdened with other voices. They pull us away from being ourselves, the “selves” God wants us to be, and into a mainstream of popular masks behind which most of us feel safe." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

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)

“God calls us to people and situations sometimes according to our gifting, but sometimes despite our lack of gifting. For example, he chose Moses and Paul to speak for Him despite their lack of ability to do so (Exodus 4:10 and 2 Corinthians 10:10). It seems that sometimes availability is often just as important as ability when it comes to doing God’s will as it pertains to a specific circumstance.” (Sacramental Living Blog) “As with Paul, God's intentions for a person may lie hidden for years…Our salvation and calling are based on His grace and love, not on anything we have done to merit God's favor.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Galatians 1:13-17, 1 Timothy 1:9)

“There is no higher calling or privilege in life than to know Him and make Him known to others.” (Bill Bright and John Damoose)

“New and former sins continue to flare up in our hearts and souls. We are called to continually purify and cleanse every trace of sin that grows within us…It is the internal struggles that we are called to fight: struggles against temptations, against our passions, against idolatry and unfaithfulness. But so long as we are caught up with the distractions of our outward concerns which focus on our own desires, then we cannot begin the true work of the soul." (OCPM 12/13/2015, Father Spyridon Baily)

“We are called to be a part of one another’s lives. We are to learn, share, pray, and worship together. As a body of believers, God expects us to have great concern for our fellow believers and to help one another mature.” (Foundation Study Bible, Acts 2:42-47)

“In our spiritual lives, we’re called to avoid intoxicants…when our spiritual sobriety is impaired, the result can be anger, fear, resentment, lust, pride, and ignorance. We make destructive choices when we’re under the influence, and then we compound the damage by proudly refusing to repent…Moving toward sobriety in our spiritual lives takes time, effort, and humility…The virtue of sobriety in our Christian lives is key to gaining both spiritual healing and maturity.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“As Christians we know that salvation is an ongoing process we are called to cooperate in. We are instructed to “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). The Apostle Paul made this clear when he told us to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:12–13).” (Abbot Tryphon)

“We are all going to die, and then, there will be a judgment before the Lord. Everyone who has ever lived, is going to be gathered before the Lord, and as a defendant before a judge, we will each be called upon to give an account of our lives. That accounting will be based on one thing: love. Did we love God? Did we love our neighbor?” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)