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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, March 27, 2015

Calling: First and Foremost It's Being Called to Follow Jesus

from Beth Felker Jones at The Christian History Institute:
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AROUND THE TURN OF THE FIFTH CENTURY, Augustine wrote a compelling account of his life, the Confessions, which remains one of the most influential Christian books ever written. Beginning in infancy through the time of his appointment as bishop of Hippo, Augustine's narrative interpreted every aspect of his life as evidence of God's relentless pursuit of him. 

Augustine prayed to a God who sought him even when he was most rebellious, and he realized that God’s first calling to him was a call to be converted. He told his story as one in which his love of self was overcome by God's love for him. "I was drawn to you by your beauty," Augustine prayed to God, "but swiftly dragged away from you by my own weight."

In the early church, the question of vocation was not-- as it often is in the twenty-first century-- about what sort of occupation a Christian should have. The church fathers didn't sit around agonizing over whether they should be plumbers or doctors or teachers or farmers. Their agony, instead, was about submission to Christ. No one doubted that the results of answering that call would be dramatic.
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The entire article can be read here.

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