I have been terrible about blogging. If you come back looking for an update (which I am sure many of you do not), I apologize for my lack of rants. Its hard to work in a full-time job, school, being a human being around other human beings, and then processing my thoughts in a word document form. I am trying to be more discipline. Bare with me.
Today, I was listening to a lecture online, and my professor said something that I found myself reacting very negatively to. “You better make sure you have the call before you enter the ministry. If you don’t, you better just get out now, because we don’t need you,” he said to a room full of seminary students.
It irked me a bit, to be honest. And then I began to really dwell on the way we view “calling”. Does God really have a specific call on each of our individual lives? Can we sit and wait for it? Can we make decisions and always be wondering if this is our “calling”? If we fail to do our calling, are we doomed to a lesser life of discontent and failure?
Or is it that everyone who follows Christ is, in fact, called to ministry? That our specific calling is that we follow Jesus? That in the process of that, our hearts will be transformed, we will care about the things He cared about, and begin some sort of ministry as His vessel?
I wish my professor had said, “If you don’t feel the calling, then you need to preach yourself the Gospel until it changes your heart. God doesn’t need you, but joy is found in living out your life in the Kingdom of Heaven. We are all called to that.”
Maybe I am being picky with semantics.