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What does it mean to be On Call In Culture?

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Most of us know what it feels like… this pull toward something. Whether it is art or science or writing or business—there is something inside you that says, “Yes, this is where I belong. This is what I was meant to do!”

As Christians this realization can come with a bit of disappointment mixed with the excitement of finding our place. We somehow wish that our calling were something of a more spiritual nature…something that mattered more. But here’s a question: what could matter more than doing what God has called you to and using the skills and talents He bestowed on you?

That is what being On Call in Culture is about; doing what God created you to do in the world He made. Abraham Kuyper is well-known for his quote, “…there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: ‘Mine!’”

God is over all of creation; the church as well as the laboratory, the seminary and the courtroom. Everything is under his authority. As Kuyper says, “There can be nothing in the universe that fails to express, to incarnate, the revelation of the thought of God.” (Wisdom and Wonder, pg. 39)

God is not finished with His creation. He loves to shower blessings and grace on the world. Just think, you can be the one through whom he brings blessing by being who you are and working where you work!

How does this change the way you think about your calling? Are you excited to be On Call in Culture? Join the conversation by liking the On Call in Culture Facebook page and by following us on Twitter.

Mindy Hirst Mindy Hirst is co-founder of Generous Mind, a think tank devoted to helping people be generous with their ideas. She is also a founder of the On Call In Culture community.


  • Geoff Hall

    Hi Mindy,

    Interesting thoughts. I was at a church meeting last week and when our Vicar mentioned ‘calling and vocation’ you could see the look of ‘if only’ come over many of the attendees. Out of the 50 people there, only 10 put their hands up when asked how many knew what there calling is.

    Many assume that there are jobs (secular) and callings (sacred) and that somehow the notion of calling must fit into that thing they call the 5-fold ministry, in Ephesians. One said, well we may not know our calling but at least we fulfill the call to witness! It was a kind of fallback position, so as not to feel to bad about not knowing your calling, after 30 years of walking in faith, (or 20, or 10).

    When asked about discipleship and how this relates to what I do (I’m a writer, filmmaker and mentor to artists) the answer was swift, if not vague. Discipleship is about one thing and one thing only, “it’s about understanding more about who Jesus is in your life.” When I asked what that meant in the life of everyday christian, the response was exactly the same it’s about understanding more about who Jesus is in your life.” Answering a question which calls for clarification with exactly the same answer shows to me a lack of understanding. When I asked again and put discipleship in the context of the stewardship of our gifts; the medium, tools, the things we communicate (for me -visual metaphors etc) there was a simple shrug of the shoulders.

    And this is why 40 out of the 50 people didn’t put their hands up when asked about calling. We make it sound like some kind of mystical communication with ‘special’ anointed people! However, it’s for everyone.

    The context of that meeting can be summed up by alluding to the letters of Ephesians and Colossians. Whilst my Vicar was able to talk about the overarching concept, the big picture, of the Lordship of Christ over all of Creation, he couldn’t put anything on the ground to show how it works! In both of those letters, Paul starts with those big picture and then it trickles down to those messy things called relationships, to working with one another, to not being held captive by so-called ‘spiritual’ philosophies.

    It seems to me today that we have a church which communicates the big picture but doesn’t know how to translate this into the life of everyday work, which has little perhaps to do with the institution we call the Church.