Which is Worse?

Which is worse - someone who is called to vocational ministry and doesn't answer the call, or someone who isn't called to vocational ministry and does it anyway?

Tear it up.

P.S. Sorry 'bout the hiatus. More on that later. Show me some blog lovin'.


Kent Shaffer said...

Feeling called but not obeying is worse.

Starr said...

Tough one....Being called and not obeying means there are a lot of lives not being touched by you that should be. Going into vocational ministry when you're not called probably means there are a lot of lives being jacked up by your uninspired teaching. Either way it's a bad deal!

Kyle P. said...

Kent - why do you think so?

Starr - good stuff! I like your thoughts.

Endlessly restless said...

Hmmm... at one stage in my life I felt called to full-time ministry. Left my job, went to study, realised it wasn't for me. Several good things came out of this - I met my wife at university, I developed some skills that I now use in preparing Bible study material for teenagers, I learned a lot about myself. Why am I saying this?

To answer your question - I think option 2 is worse. With option 1 (not obeying) there is at least the prospect that the gifts of the individual will be used in another way; with option 2 people can end up creating damage through an uncalled, un-blessed ministry.

Kyle P. said...

I've really appreciated everyone's responses. I think they are equally bad (sorry, no trick question intended or anything). In the end, they both can have negative eternal outcomes. As a self-proclaimed "tentmaker" this is an issue I struggle with often. Should I have, shouldn't I have...am I called, am I not called...

All this to say, I know God is ultimately guiding me and will lead me into His perfect will according to His plan and not mine (or the world's).

Thanks again!