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.’
‘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.