The concept of “vocation” or “calling” is an application of the doctrine of providence: God not only preserves the cosmos and superintends the history of nations but is subtly at work in the most minute circumstances of each individual life.

The doctrine’s biblical lineage is clear: Since God feeds the birds of the air and clothes the lilies in splendor (Matthew 6:26-29), and since a sparrow cannot fall from the sky apart from the will of the Father (Matthew 10:29), then surely God provides and cares even more for His children. If God has a plan to prosper us (Jeremiah 29:11), and works all things to good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28), then surely each believer is called to a role in the salvation of the world and the redemption of all things.

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