Dan Allender, in To Be Told: Know Your Story, Shape Your Future: Most people understand understand calling as God’s calling us to a specific job. Indeed, God called adolescent Jeremiah to preach of his coming judgment. And God called Paul (then named Saul) to serve the very people that he, blinded by zeal, had been trying to destroy. God calls us to certain tasks and jobs, but he doesn’t do so because we are uniquely suited to do them. He calls us to the task of job because we are weak, broken, and ill-equipped for the task. I don’t believe anyone is called to a job or a profession. My calling in life is not to be a writer, therapist, speaker, teacher, trainer, or administrator. My calling is to walk through any door God gives me in order to reveal his glory. If I am a graduate-school president, it’s for a season, but my life lasts for eternity. If I am
From the TGC13 Faith at Work Post-Conference: You can grab the audio here, and get free access to all the sessions here. Keller’s book is Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. (HT: Justin Taylor)
From John Piper: Five Ways to Make God Known at Work I have in mind at least five things—five ways to make God known through your secular job and all of them are important. When one of them is missing, the witness to the truth of Christ suffers. 1. The excellence of the products or services you render in your job shows the excellence and greatness of God. 2. The standards of integrity you follow at your job show the integrity and holiness of God. 3. The love you show to people in your job shows the love of God. 4. The stewardship of the money you make from your job shows the value of God compared to other things. 5. The verbal testimony you give to the reality of Christ shows the doorway to all these things in your life and their possibility in the lives of others.