Question: Does God call us to our specific vocations to fulfill His purposes?

Answer:  Most people believe that the work they do Monday through Friday is what they have chosen, been trained for, or educated to do.  While it is obvious that these are important factors, there may be more to it.

 

I find that most people rarely consider their vocation to be a call and gift from God.  Few acknowledge that God has specifically called and anointed (selected and empowered) them to do what they do in the workplace.                                             

 

When I watch my husband work at his engineering profession, it is obvious to me that he has been called, gifted, and placed in his field by God. He possesses that added extra ability that goes beyond just going to school and getting a degree.  It is not by chance that he is a licensed engineer; it is actually part of who God made him to be.  He has not always recognized that God has been at work in his business life, but today he does. He realizes he has been called and equipped for God’s purposes in the marketplace.

 

Exodus 31:1-5 talks of another man that was called by God:

 

“God said to Moses: ‘See what I have done; I’ve personally chosen Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur of the tribe of Judah. I’ve filled him with the Spirit of God giving him skill and know-how and expertise in every kind of craft to create designs and work in gold, silver and bronze; to cut and set gemstones; to carve wood–he is an all-around craftsman.'” (Message)

 

Belzalel was not called to stand behind a pulpit or teach Sunday school or work in the nursery, but he was called and equipped for specific detailed work. This tells us that God clearly selects and empowers people to marketplace professions for His purposes.

 

If you believe this for yourself it will transform the way you regard your job. You will begin to realize it is so much more than a job. It is much more than what you do to pay the bills. You will begin to receive vision and purpose for what you do. You will begin to understand how you and your work fit into God’s plan.

 

Once you begin to understand that God has gifted you to work in your profession, then your work becomes worship to God. You will begin to feel passion towards your work and the workplace. You will begin to experience the presence and joy of God. You will be personally transformed and then you will help ignite transformation in the marketplace.

 

Let your specific vocation become ignited with God’s vision and purpose for you.

– Julie Matula, © 2008 Marketplace ALIVE! 

 

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