What are common misconceptions surrounding the call of god?
Min Chung | APRIL 29, 2019 | 2 MIN READ | 3 MIN WATCH
Note from SOLA: This video was recorded during The SOLA Conference 2019. Below is a transcript of the video. It has been lightly edited for readability.
The 3 misconceptions about the call of God have to do with who, what, and why.
Many people have the misconception that only full-time pastors or missionaries or ministers are called by God. But according to Ephesians 4:1, every Christian has to live worthy of their calling. So every Christian is called by God.
If Jesus were to appear to you in the morning while you're brushing your teeth and say, “You need to live for me today — be faithful in your school, job or occupation; be faithful in your family (be nice to your wife); or be faithful in your church when you go to church,” then I believe everyone would be so faithful.
If everyone has that sense of calling, not just pastors and missionaries, I believe they will be faithful in their callings in their daily lives.
A lot of people mistakenly think that their calling is related to only their vocation or occupation. Often people think, “There's only one thing that I'm called [to] in my life.”
Now our occupation or job is related to our calling, as we see in the book of Ephesians, but it's not the only thing. Chapters 4 through 6 talk about three areas of our daily callings. One is related to our local church and how we are called to our local churches. The second is related to our marriage and family. We are called to marriage and our family. And thirdly, our calling is related to our vocation, our job.
Wherever you are in your life, whether it's marriage, family, or job or local church, you need to be faithful in your callings so that together as a church of Jesus Christ, we will not only prevail but also conquer the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So calling is not only one thing in your life but you can prayerfully receive and choose what God calls you to do so that you can faithfully live for the Lord.
Rev. Dr. Min J. Chung is the founding and lead pastor of Covenant Fellowship Church, an interdenominational, multi-ethnic ministry located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Master of Divinity and his doctorate in ministry and counseling from Biblical Theological Seminary. He currently resides in Urbana, IL with his wife, Gee, and five children, Joshua, Daniel, Ruth, Hannah, and Sarah.