Today in the 31-Day Challenge, We read…

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:10

Even though we recognize that God’s calling is about a way of life and not simply an area of service, it’s sometimes difficult to discern our specific role in what God is doing in the world around us. So, it can be helpful to think of calling in terms of two parts, our primary and our secondary calling.  Every follower of Christ is expected to glorify God as one who brings the message of Good News to the world.  That is our primary calling.  It is broad and general in nature, applying to all Believers at all times and in all places.  On the other hand, we each live out that primary calling in different ways and contexts.  The specific avenue that God has gifted and enabled you to fulfill the primary calling is your secondary calling. It is unique, personal and a gift from God.  It was prepared in advance just for you to walk in.

Today’s challenge is to read the following quote from Alister McGrath and reflect on how it relates to your secondary calling, the place/context where God has placed you.

The work of believers is thus seen to possess a significance that goes far beyond the visible results of that work. It is the person working, as much as the resulting work, that is significant to God. There is no distinction between spiritual and temporal, sacred and secular work. All human work, however lowly, is capable of glorifying God. Work is, quite simply, an act of praise—a potentially productive act of praise. Work glorifies God, it serves the common good, and it is something through which human creativity can express itself.

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