BW3 on Calling and Vocation

"[W]hat is the relationship of call to vocation, especially since the word 'vocation' comes from the Latin vocare - to call? The answer is simple. Call is the divine initiative. Vocation is what happens when we respond to the call. Being called, equipped, even gifted is one thing. Responding is another, and we should take care not to pursue any sort of work before we realize we have been pursued, called, equipped, and gifted for such a vocation. This matter is complex, and the truth is that there are as many different calls as there are persons, and almost as many vocations pleasing to the Lord."

from: Ben Witherington III, Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011), 68-69.


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