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How Do You Discern Your Vocation?

Here is a great article by Tim Keller that may help you process some of what you heard in this weekend’s sermon.

Tim Keller says,

‘God loves this created world so much that he sent his Son to redeem it. This world is good in and of itself; it is not just a temporary theater for individual salvation. If the Holy Spirit is not only a preacher that convicts people of sin and grace (John 16:8-11; 1 Thess. 1:5) but also a gardener, an artist, and an investor in creation who renews the material world, it cannot be more spiritual and God-honoring to be a preacher than to be a farmer, artist, or banker. To give just one example, evangelism is temporary work, while musicianship is permanent work. In the new heavens and new earth, preachers will be out of a job! Ultimately the purpose of evangelism is to bring about a world in which musicians will be able to do their work perfectly.’

And also,

Isaiah is teaching that anyone who becomes a skillful farmer is being taught by God. In Isaiah 45:1 we read of Cyrus, a pagan king whom God anoints with his Spirit and chooses for world leadership. This is remarkable. It shows that God’s Spirit can equip people for work – even though they are not believers and are not directly witnessing to him. God gives wisdom, courage, and insight to people to do their work well.

And lastly, he breaks down the process of discerning one’s calling in three parts:

1. Affinity: What “People Needs” do I resonate with?

2. Ability: What are my abilities and deficiencies?

3. Opportunity: Where does the community tell me I am needed?

You can see the full article here.

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J.D. Greear, Ph.D., is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastors the Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Tagged by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in America, the Summit has grown in the past 8 years from 400 to over 5,000 each weekend. The Summit Church is deeply involved in global church planting, having undertaken the mission to plant 1000 churches in the next 40 years. J.D. has authored Breaking the Islam Code and the upcoming Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.