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Vocation — God’s stroke of genius



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One of my favourite things about WEC is a freedom to follow God’s call, to realise an unlikely vocation. If we all spent our days doing what we love and are good at, the world would be a better place. How do you recognize vocation? What are the marks of it?

1. It’s your passion. This is what gets you going, what you look forward to, what you feel deeply about and what you want to spend your life doing.

2. You’re not bad at it. You don't have to be the World No.1. But you're not terrible at this. Other people appreciate your efforts.

3. The world needs it. What you do honours King Jesus, spreads the Kingdom of God, does good, eases loads, makes things better, slakes a thirst. Your joyful endeavour meets a deep need somewhere: wonderful.

4. The money works. Here is the joy of being in WEC. WEC doesn’t exist to fulfil every self-indulgent workplace whim: far from it. Many WEC workers actually lay down their own visions to make space for other people’s. But in this mission it’s also commonly believed that if God has called and gifted you in some unique way to bless the nations, God will also supply everything you need to be fruitful. We can trust him together for resources, support, accountability and a team to be part of. We have a harpist creating beautiful music in earthquake-hit regions of Japan, helping churches give respite to weary people. Another worker fulfilled a special calling to serve among deaf people in a part of the world closed to the Christian gospel. Long before the fall of the Berlin Wall, we had someone in our ranks learning Russian with his eye on being a witness for Jesus among Central Asians. Several times I have seen ‘impossible’ peoples reached in astonishingly creative ways.

Is something nagging at your heart? Come talk…

(I'm grateful to my friend Rev Simon Goddard whose notes about vocation I have borrowed while writing this.)

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