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Vocation

Vocation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J: R. ILLINGWORTH, M.A.

" Then Samuel answered, Speak ; for Thy servant heareth."
I Sam. iii. lo.
BY J: R. ILLINGWORTH, M.A.

" Then Samuel answered, Speak ; for Thy servant heareth."
I Sam. iii. lo.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 20, 2014
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VOCATION BY J: R. ILLINGWORTH, M.A." Then Samuel answered, Speak ; for Thy servant heareth." I Sam. iii. lo. The call of Samuel is an extreme and vivid instance of a truth of which the Bible is full ; the truth that we are all called of God to our several places and occasions of action or of passion, of working or of waiting in the world ; in a word, that we all have a vocation. We hardly need the Bible to tell us this, for it is one of the simplest truths of natural religion. The evidences of providential purpose in the world have been criticised in every age, and never more so than in our own. But they have proved too strong to be upset by criticism, and still remain as they have ever been, among our most necessary forms of thought. And as VIII VOCATION
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man is the crown and climax of the visible creation, we naturally expect the purpose which is so abundantly visible elsewhere, to obtain also in the life of man. He too must have a purpose, and to be created for a purpose is, in the. case of a free being, to be called to its fulfilment. Thus the vocation of man is a corollary from the design in the world, and may fairly, therefore, be called a part of our natural religion. The New Testament takes up and intensifies this thought ; addressing Christians as "the called of Jesus Christ," " called to be saints," " called according to God's purpose," " called unto the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord," " called out of the darkness," " called to liberty," " called to eternal life," " called to inherit- a blessing," " called to glory and virtue," and bidding us " walk worthy of the vocation wherewith we are called."
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Now it hardly needs saying that, for all its naturalness and scriptural authority, we are too apt to forget this thought ; and by forgetting it to lose its warning, its 122 VOCATION VIII encouragement, its guidance — the energy, the hope, the comfort, the success that it should bring. What is the course of the life Of mortal men on the earth ? — Most men eddy about Here and there — eat and drink, Chatter and love and hate,
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