As seminary students, we spend a significant amount of time wrestling with our call to ministry. We analyze it, discuss it with our friends and in the classroom, and we are always trying to come up with new and better ways to articulate it.
A few of us have a concrete vision of exactly what God wants from us, but most of us only have a hazy picture at best. However, it’s easy to come to terms with this as you begin to realize, that not only are you in good company, but that it’s okay not to have all the answers.
But sometimes I think we assume our call is a future one, hidden beyond all the caps and gowns of graduation. I think we forget that regardless of where God leads us in the future, he has led us here in the present. A present call, I’m discovering, is much more difficult that a future one.
The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4, “Therefore, as a prisoner of the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Now that perhaps is even scarier than having a call in the first place, having to live a life worthy of it. After all, it is a dangerous request Paul is making. It requires us to take personal responsibility, stops us from resting on our laurels and reminds us that we have far to go.
But Paul doesn’t stop there.
He talks about attaining maturity, as though realizing you have a call is really only one of the first steps.
He talks about pursuing unity in Christ, reminding us that perhaps our call is bigger than just ourselves and that we were each called in order that body of Christ might be one.
He tells us to build each other up, to be careful what we say, to not speak in anger or bitterness, to love each other and forgive each other.
He seems to be concerned with how we live our everyday lives, with how we live out Christ in our routines and chores and arguments.
So maybe the question we discuss should include more than an analysis of our call, but a conversation about how we are living up to it and how we can help each other pursue that life that fully reflects both our call and the Holy One who gave it to us.
Ephesians 3 has some encouragement, and this is my prayer for you, for Candler, and for the whole Body of Christ as we strive to live lives worthy of our calling:
“ I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
- Jennifer Wyant
Jennifer is a 1st year MDiv student from Atlanta, GA and a Student Ambassador.
 Notably, Ephesians is one of the disputed letters. However, that conversation will have to wait for another day, or maybe another blog post.
 Ephesians 3:17-19