Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrestled with the challenge of these forms of Christianity. He identified a central problem for mystics of all stripes (including charismatics) and then pointed toward education as part of the solution. Christians are called to learn because they are called to explain the message they have received.
Posts Tagged ‘calling’
-what is my life calling?
-what are my unique gifts and talents, and how can I steward them for God’s glory?
-how can I serve God in what I’d like to do, yet still make a living?
-what job would be most fulfilling to me?
-is what I am doing significant, and even more probing, am I significant?
These questions take time, experience, discernment, reflection, prayer, and input from others to address. No matter what our life season, we occasionally circle back to these basic questions. However, we must remember that vocation is not to be equated with a job. Vocation first begins as a general call to follow Christ, followed by a specific call that is unique to each individual in contributing to Christ’s mission in the world, followed by an immediate call involving the duties at hand, such as family responsibilities. All three coalesce into our discipleship journey and reflect loving and serving God and others. God promises to guide us and does so each step along our journey. How God guided Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), German Lutheran theologian, musician, and medical doctor, offers some key principles!
He chronicled how his sense of calling morphed from theology and music to include becoming a medical doctor. Although few will be called by God to serve as a medical doctor in Africa, the path that Schweitzer followed is equally as compelling today as it was during his lifetime. Notice the progression that carried him along in life purpose discovery and subsequent decision making.
While focused in academic studies and music, Schweitzer developed a growing empathy for others “struggling with sorrow and suffering.”
Identification of one’s calling often begins with a burden of compassion to assist others. Then at age 21, Schweitzer realized that he could not accept his good fortune relative to university study, scholarship, and organ proficiency as “a matter of course” but determined to “give something in return.”
Recently my oldest daughter, Bella was baptized. As every parent knows, the baptism of your children is momentous because it is about their becoming members of God’s family. For those who practice believer’s baptism, as I do, the feeling is more akin to what parents who practice infant baptism feel when their children undergo confirmation. To see your child publicly and personally embrace the faith in which she was raised, well, let’s just say it is one of those markers in life.
I have always supported women in ministry in part because from its inception pentecostalism has always had women ministers. This was long before cultural trends were in favor of it. In fact, just the opposite was the case; it went directly against cultural trends.
The baptism of my daughter has reminded me of the prayers I have always prayed for her and my other two children. These are common prayers: that God would raise her up, make her strong in mind and body, give her of powerful sense of calling, use her for his kingdom, in short, that God would cause her to flourish. It is for these reasons that I write now in support of those prayers.
The more I study the history of Christianity, the more it seems apparent to me that the Spirit has continuously raised up women to advance God’s church. The historical fact that they have had to do this while being consigned to particular roles has not stopped the Spirit from giving them a continual voice. So, for the next few posts, I want to talk about women and the churches as a way of honoring all Christian women and expressing a hope for my daughter. Read the rest of this entry »