Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Convenience or Calling?

My friend, Dr. David Manner, who serves as Director of Worship and Administration for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, has written a GREAT blog post entitled "Convenience or Calling?"  When things get tough...and they will...it is critical that we understand why we do what we do.  David has done a great job of contrasting the difference between a calling and simply viewing yourself as a volunteer.  Take the time to read this...it is well worth it!

Convenience of Calling?
By Dr. David Manner

What compels you to do what you do…Convenience or Calling? Convenience responds with, “This is what I was trained to do.” Calling responds with, “This is what I was made to do.”
Convenience: Fitting in well with a person’s activities and plans; Comfortable; Easily accessible; Suited or favorable to one’s own needs.

Calling: A personal invitation from God to carry out a unique task; A strong inner impulse prompted by conviction of divine influence.

In his Worship HeartCries blog this week Ed Steele wrote, “He (Jesus) calls us to Himself, first. Before the crowds and calls of ministry, before the confusion and craziness of everyday life, before our attempts of doing, He calls us to Himself.” (To see Ed’s entire post follow the link above to Worship HeartCries)

• Convenience is a vocation; Calling is a ministry.
• Convenience is a profession; Calling is a purpose.
• Convenience is in the mean time; Calling is for a lifetime.
• Convenience compares to; Calling is contented by.
• Convenience focuses on withdrawals; Calling focuses on investments.
• Convenience is egoistic; Calling is altruistic.
• Convenience is guarded; Calling is transparent.
• Convenience is independent; Calling is collaborative.
• Convenience is upwardly mobile; Calling is inwardly and outwardly mobile.
• Convenience is an occupation; Calling is a mission.

Philippians 3:13-14
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

1 comment:

  1. That's a convenient explanation, but not wholly true. Are there not times when God knows it's necessary to have already developed a skill, and avocation, a purpose to do His will? Would He not put a trained accountant in a place where he could minister people who need financial help?

    Merely defining Calling in such a way seems egotistic, and much of the language used seems to be semantics.

    Nevertheless, describing ones self as being "called" may be for the convenience of obtaining mercy, empathy, or something of desire.

    I could not comment as one of the selections, so this is Chuck G from TFBC