The Call, by Os Guinness


Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism, and direction lived out as a response to his summons and service…

…our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him. We are called first and foremost to Someone, not to something.

This is illuminated as I reflect on Phil 1:9-11: “This is my prayer that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…to the glory and praise of God.”

It is all for his glory—all of it. As a created being, I exist primarily to glorify and to worship the Creator—this is my chief end, or telos.

This is not simply abstract theology to me—it is profoundly practical and applicable to my everyday life.

If my goal is to glorify God in all that I do, rather than subtly seeking my own advancement or self promotion, it will impact my conversations, the stories I tell to others, my recreation, my descriptions of mine or other’s performance, who and why I criticise, and the education and training I seek.

I am not sure I am ready, or capable to fully confront this tendency in me to self-promotion vs. God-promotion.

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