But.ocation may also coincide with career or grow out of a specific career path. In the general law of doing good, and in the facilities given us to do it, we read a general, or it may be even a special, invitation of God to do it, an invitation which is pressing in proportion to the excellence of the good, but which nevertheless we are not bound to accept unless we discover some duty of justice or charity. There is a great Dradition in the Church of both female and male monastic and contemplative life. Caspian explains very clearly the different kinds of vocation to the monastic life, in his “collation, III: De tribes abrenuntiationibus”, iii, iv, v P.L., XLIX, 560-64. Roland would care no more for me, if he had received a vocation. Each vocation, if it is lived generously and faithfully, will then involve times of lasting happiness and reward but also suffering and sacrifice. While most people think of a vocation as what they are called to do in life, it is important to understand that the first and most important call from God is a call to be – the universal call to holiness. “Take up your cross and follow me” Mark 8:34. 4. http://www.feelfreemaldives.com/newnoramurray/2016/08/04/finest-ideas-for-2015-interviewFrancisco Suarez worked out a complete theory of vocation De religion, tr. View more VISION Videos .
In a Monday post on Desiring God, Piper notes that “history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. For that reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world.” http://www.feelfreemaldives.com/newnoramurray/2016/08/03/in-addition-sex-discrimination-on-the-basis-of-pregnancy-and-sexual-harassment-is-also-prohibited-under-this-employment-lawBut to Piper, who is the founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota, missionaries who dare to take the Gospel into troubled contexts merit a greater respect. As a pastor of over 30 years in a nation with modern comforts, surrounded by generally supportive people, Piper explains, “I have always felt that missionaries who have taken more risks, go into harder places, enduring greater trials with less affirmation are worthy of a kind of esteem and honor of which I am not worthy.” His own ministry “did not have some of the aspects of worth and honor that some missionary activities have,” he added. Moreover, Scripture seems to suggests a greater esteem for those who serve God in a distinctly missional way. The apostle Paul writes to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:17 “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1213 reads: “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.” In a phone interview Tuesday with The Christian Post, Assistant Professor of Missiology at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Scott Hagley noted that a “hero narrative” about missionaries who go to unreached people groups in foreign lands is but one strand of thought, but Christians can consider more broadly what it means to be missional. “From a theology of vocation perspective, I would come down more on the side of ‘all of us are called and given our own particular gifts, stories, viewpoints and cultural location,’” Hagley said.
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