Archive: 19/10/2018

Posted by Marilyn Cole 5 months ago

This is Part Two of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

‘Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, do and have is invested with a special devotion, and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service.’ (Os Guinness in Martin, 2017, p.124)

What do we mean when we talk about vocation?

The word ‘vocation’ is a Latin word for calling. Both vocation and calling are often used to describe a sense of ‘strong guidance’ to a ‘particular type of work’, especially to ministry or the caring professions, but rarely used in relation to manual labour or where the worker had no choice of the kind of work. The implication is that one may be called to ministry or teaching but is rarely called to be a shop assistant or a truck driver; medicine or mission may be seen as a vocation but plumbing and gardening are seen as jobs.

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Posted by Marilyn Cole 5 months ago

This is Part One of a six-part series that will look at Kara Martin's book, 'Workship: How to use your work to worship God.' Kara Martin is the keynote speaker at EdComm's annual Integral Project Dinner on October 25.

'If we don't worship through our work we will either worship work itself, the money or status it brings or treat work as a mere means to the end of rest or a hedonistic retirement' (Gordon Preece in Martin, 2017, p.xv).

'Work in some form, paid or unpaid, is part of adult life. It is a fact of life. Ogden Nash says ‘If you don't want to work, you have to work so that you earn enough money so that you don't have to work’ (Martin, 2017, p.27).

While many know real fulfilment through their work, others experience the grind and demands of the daily work routine as more of a curse than a blessing. This is no surprise when we look at the origins of work in the Bible. From the creation we know that God worked and took delight in His work as a good thing. He worked for six of the seven days of creation. When man was made, he was made in the image of God and he too was invited to join in the work, to name the beasts and to work the ground. However, after disobeying God’s instructions, working the ground became onerous hard work.

 

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