Location, Vocation, Frustration
14 September, 2015 § Leave a comment
I don’t believe in locational, or vocational callings from God. The 10 pound theological term for this heresy would be “The Secret Will of God,” I don’t think it exists in scripture in the way that we have perverted it. The long and short of it is that location and vocation are byproducts of our calling to reach people with the gospel.
There is a disconnect between what we see in the world and what we read in the Bible about God’s will and I believe that it comes from the wrong belief that God must operate for our benefit or for the benefit of our enemies.
In Joshua 5:14, Joshua, the newly appointed leader of the people of Israel meets the preincarnate Christ outside the camp overlooking Jericho and he poses this question to what he sees as a battle-ready soldier, He asks ““Are you for us, or for our adversaries,” and Jesus says, “neither,”. This is a classic false dilemma. God says, “I am for me,” He builds His own kingdom and is third party to our meanderings. It isn’t that He doesn’t care, because otherwise He wouldn’t legislate that all things should be done in love and for His glory. It is that He is not about building our kingdom or anyone else’s kingdom, He is about building His own kingdom. This is why He opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. The proud person thinks more of himself than he ought and so is out to build his own kingdom. This is why we understand that we do not war against flesh and blood as if two nations were warring. God pulls our attention from the natural to the supernatural and presents His own dichotomy that is justly in place which is that if we are not building His kingdom, we are building a kingdom arrayed against Him. God’s will remains the same, it is that His glory should be spread over all the earth as the waters cover the sea.
With this in mind, I refute that God calls us specifically to a vocation or location, the one vocation that God has given us is to be disciple making disciples the location He has called us to is the whole planet. He specifically made it impossible to do without Him or without other believers because otherwise we would think that it was our kingdom which we are building. This is not to say that God has not given the church certain disciples to be over us in order to edify and equip us to do the work of the ministry, it is to say that the diversity that exists in the church is due to each one being at his own level of growth in his sanctification process. The work God gives us to supply our physical amenities is of little importance and of great importance because it involves the people whom we are to be making disciples of and it is on the earth which God wills to cover with His glory.