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March 20, 2017

The Meaning of Calling

If you have been at Geneva College for any length of time, you have heard about your “calling.” There are even whole classes devoted to the idea of calling and vocation here at Geneva. While this is a commonly used word, there is often confusion about what it may mean. I’m a senior here at Geneva and I can say that I never once have gotten a direct message from God telling me what to do with my life and trust me, I’ve asked. As Christians, we must realize that our calling deals with a much broader concept than a specific job.

Our calling is laid out very clearly in the Westminster Confessions of Faith where it is stated “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” That is what we are responsible for as Christians, the way we achieve that is through a specific position. God can be glorified through the math an accountant does or the pontifications of a philosopher. That’s the beauty of God; because He created everything in the world, when it is used correctly, it all brings Him glory. That’s what our focus should be on in our studies, we must look at how each concept that we’re learning can bring Christ glory.

As Christians in a college setting our calling can be honed through our education. There is the concept of “iron sharpening iron” in Scripture which is a way we can aid one another in calling. As we seek to glorify Christ we can uplift and pray for one another. That’s the beauty of calling, as Christians we are all called to the same mission and we get to fulfill it in different ways. As we consider those different majors, internships or jobs, we have the opportunity to be involved in the lives of one another and the work that we do.

Please stop by the Geneva College Career Development Center – we can aid you as you figure out the specific way you respond to your calling.  Contact Admissions for information on turning a calling into a vocation and living a Christ-centered life, admissions@geneva.edu or 800.847-8255.

-Grace Marras '17