Redeemer City to City sponsors a series of webinars for Faith & Work in this season of COVID 19. The May 20 webinar, “The Anchors of Calling Amid Job Upheaval” was presented by Dr. Chip Roper, Corporate Executive Coach and President of voca.org.
From this webinar we are reminded that our role is to be part of God’s unfolding of the gospel to the world. We are not alone - God is with us and He has a plan for our future. We may face disappointments and hardships, but nothing is wasted with God. We may not see His plan in our current circumstances. Romans 8:28 (TLB) reminds us that “And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good, if we love God and are fitting into his plans.”
The material from this workshop will be shared in three parts:
This section will focus on part 1: What is calling?
Many times we think of calling as our vocation. Webster's' defines calling as vocation, profession, or trade: or a strong impulse or inclination. The gospel definition of calling is twofold - what God invites us to do and what he summons us to do.
Our primary calling is to Christ. We also have secondary callings to our family, neighbor, work and church. Depending upon our vocation, our secondary callings may intersect.
We typically think of a calling relative to work or church. But. what does it mean to be called to our family or neighbor? In this season, to be called to our neighbors means insuring that they’re okay; checking in with someone who is isolated or we think needs our love, help or prayers. Called to our family means to put their care and concern after our primary calling to God.
If we think about our calling as our vocation, we may think, “How is my job or lack of job serving me?” Given the definition of calling being an invitation of God and a summons from God, a calling is really, how am I part of God’s unfolding in the world? We may not see our calling until the right need comes along.
Calling provides a sense of meaning: we should take our meaning to work rather than trying to derive meaning from our work.
Nothing is a waste. In this time, we may not be doing what we want to do or feel that it is our career path. Our work now may be finding work and God uses that search to grow us.
Little joys along the way. In this season, we may need to look for the little gifts in what we do and learn how to apply our wealth of experience to the current situation. We should look for things to take into the future. For example, our speaker shared a story that a videographer is working at a river canoe business since videos aren’t happening. He finds the work physically hard and boring, but has discovered a wealth of locations for videos that he would never have known. When the video business comes back, he will have more with which to work.
As one searches for a job, it is important to remember that searching for a job is a job. In this season, God’s calling is to find a job. What God is placing before us is what needs to be done. We're asked to lean into God’s calling. As we ponder the next steps, James 1:15 (TLB) reminds us, “If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask Him, He will gladly tell you, for He is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask Him; He will not resent it.” May God bless you in this season.
Westwood Baptist Center for Faith, Work & Leadership