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Rethinking “Clergy/Laity” (pt. 3)

May 29, 2009

“But we must all serve the Lord with heart, soul, strength, and mind wherever He’s placed us. Unfortunately, we’ve turned the idea of calling or vocation on its head. The Reformers emphasized calling in order to break down the sacred-secular divide. They said, if you are working for the glory of God, you are doing the Lord’s work, no matter whether you’re a priest or monk or a banker. But we’ve taken this notion of calling and turned it upside down, so instead of finding purpose in every kind of work, we are madly looking for the one job that will fulfill our purpose in life.”

– Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will, 103

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  1. May 29, 2009 3:23 pm

    “But we’ve taken this notion of calling and turned it upside down, so instead of finding purpose in every kind of work, we are madly looking for the one job that will fulfill our purpose in life.”

    This is so true. of course I have only now realised how true as I start my training to become a lay minister!! But I now see how the rest of my life is a calling; the time with my family, friends, colleagues and community are all times when I fulfil my calling.

    thanks

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