February 2, 2012
Rob Bell's thoughts on vocation
I've been reading Os Guinness' The Call recently, and the idea of vocation continues to pop up in my life. Exhibit A: Skye Jethani's recent interview with Rob Bell. Skye Jethani is senior editor of Leadership Journal, Out of Ur, and Catalyst Leadership, and he blogs at SKYEBOX.
When Jethani asks about vocation, Bell states:
The Bible begins in Genesis 1 not with sin but with blessing, not with toil and despair but with life, and creativity, and vibrant participation with God in the ongoing creation of the world–which involves art, and law, and medicine, and education, and parenting, and justice, and learning, and thousands of other pursuits; callings that are holy and sacred in and of themselves. It’s all part of flourishing in God’s good world, which is our home. Here, on earth, is where the story begins and where it ends, and so our work here, in whatever way we co-create with God, is our vocation. . . . What do you love to do that brings more and more heaven into God’s good world? What is it that makes your soul soar? What is it that you do, that your friends and community affirm, that taps you in to who you are made to be?
I believe vocation is an incredibly important concept for small-group leaders to understand. If we are to build up holistic disciples that live their whole, multi-faceted lives for Christ, we must empower our group members to discover and live out their unique vocations—not our careers necessarily, but that thing that we feel compelled to do in life, the thing we must do.
What are your thoughts on recovering the idea of vocation? How can we empower small-group members to discover their vocations?
posted by Amy Jackson on February 2, 2012 11:39 AM