Intersection of Faith and Vocation
“We care so much about feeling important and significant that it drives almost every decision we make, even the decision about what to do with our lives, work, and vocation.”
“The word vocation means to be called. God calls us to do the work He’s given us to do in the world. It’s not just something we choose as a form of self-expression, but it’s something we respond to in obedience because God has something for us, and our work is not primarily about us. It’s about God. It’s not about our benefit, but it’s about God wanting to bless and benefit the people around us through our work.”
2 ways to break vocational narcissism:
We have to learn to find our deepest significance in something other than our work.
We must come to see that all vocations are part of what God is doing in the world.
“In your work, are you utilizing your vocation to make yourself feel important? To make yourself feel significant? Or to prove to yourself or others that you’re valuable? Or have you learned that the most important thing about you is not what you do, but who you do your work with? Do you recognize that God your Father is the one who declares your true identity and your value, and not the people around you?”
“If you want to move from a narcissistic to a generous vision of your work, then remember that before you are called to something, before you are called to some place, you are first and foremost called to someone.”
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Skye Jethani is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant and minister. He also serves as the co-host of the popular Holy Post Podcast, a weekly show than blends astute cultural and theological insights with comical conversation. Skye is the president of Measure the Clouds, a non-profit organization helping a post-Christian generation discover a ravishing vision of life with God. He also leads SkyPilot Media which develops multimedia resources for churches, colleges, and community groups navigating the intersection of faith and culture.
Skye is the author of seven book and numerous ebooks. He’s also contributed to analysis published by the Barna Group and the Maclellan Foundation. His 2011 book, WITH: Reimagining the Way You Relate to God, has sold over 100,000 copies. His 2018 book about ministry, Immeasurable, was award Christianity Today‘s “Book of the Year” award. Skye has also pioneered the development of new media projects to engage a younger, digital generation. These include the Holy Post Podcast, and With God Daily—”The devotional for people who hate daily devotionals.”
For over a decade, Skye served in numerous editorial and executive roles at Christianity Today, a communications ministry launched by Billy Graham in 1956. His roles there included Managing and Executive Editor of Leadership Journal, Director of Mission Advancement, and Senior Producer of This Is Our City, a multi-city, multi-year project telling the stories of Christians working for the common good of their communities. He also helped CT pioneer new projects to engage younger audiences and church leaders. Skye continues to be a Featured Preacher on CT’s Preaching Today.