They were confused by the parable and privately asked for an explanation (Mark 4:10). What do you think Saul was feeling and thinking as he was led into Damascus? People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. The calling to belong to Christ goes deeper than the kinds of workplace “calling” that are the main focus of this article. You are free to share (to copy, distribute and transmit the work), and remix (to adapt the work) for non-commercial use only, under the condition that you must attribute the work to the Theology of Work Project, Inc., but not in any way that suggests that it endorses you or your use of the work. “Behold, a sower [a farmer] went out to sow [plant seed]. To be sure, God added about 3,000 people to His Church that day, but even so, many others who heard the call chose not to respond. Do I understand the Bible when I study it? The Problem With “Just as I Am” Christianity, Parable of the Good Samaritan: Tests of Character. If you see a need to obey His Commandments at the same time that you see how hard it is for you to do so, God is working with you. Responding to God’s calling is a lifelong commitment. This sense of calling is especially prominent in the letters of Paul, whether or not the word “call” is actually used. Read on to explore how God guides people to particular work. But prior to the choice and hovering with absolute power over it is the divine summons, the imposition to duty from which we dare not flee. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. In the Bible, the word “call” is used most often to refer to God's initiative to bring people to Christ and to participate in his redemptive work in the world. 13-14. God is working through a carefully laid-out plan whereby every individual who has ever lived will eventually hear and understand God’s calling. See our “Who We Are” page. Jesus Christ told His disciples, “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14). He is showing you that you, too, need to repent, just like those who heard Peter’s instruction (Acts 2:37-38). Conversion is much more than an emotional reaction. It includes God’s opening a person’s mind to understand spiritual truth, and it is literally an invitation to salvation for that individual. (Video), What Does the Bible Say About Calling? There you will find detailed biblical instructions on conversion, repentance and baptism. How will Saul have to behave differently? This redemptive work occurs in harmony with the work of creation, production and sustenance that God delegated to humanity in the Garden of Eden. To be sure, we do choose it and can, in fact, choose to disobey it. Nor are they limited only to uses in the church. Have I accepted Christ as my personal Savior (for salvation from the death penalty for sin—breaking God’s laws)? In particular, our work must be an integral part of our participation in Christ himself. He creates people in his own image, and he himself is a worker. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. © 2014 by the Theology of Work Project, Inc. The Steering Committee of the Theology of Work Project regards all gifts, skills and talents as coming from God. (Looking for the church behind Life, Hope & Truth? What is the significance of Ananias’ calling Saul “brother”? In response, the king ordered the guest to be tied up and thrown into outer darkness (verse 13). Mark Roberts poses a question about family and work. The primary thing that seems to be our calling is our identity. Exactly what kind of work you do is a lower-level concern. But God’s calling is something you have to respond to. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. At the conclusion of Peter’s powerful sermon on the Feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was given, many who heard him were sorrowful and repentant, realizing that their sins required the death—the sacrifice—of Christ. Draw peace What do we learn about Ananias (who was a follower of Jesus)? The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.….So out of the ground the LORD God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. If you had been a Christian during this time, what would most likely do if Saul came to your town? God’s call is hard. A person pulled from a burning building has been saved from a terrible death. The gifts of the Spirit discussed in the New Testament (e.g., 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14, Romans chapter 12, Ephesians 4:11-16, and 1 Peter 4:10-12) are not limited to the particular abilities listed in those passages. / Some did hear, but chose not to respond to the call. (Do you notice who is making all the decisions in that sentence?)