Got Power? Learn about Grace!

When counseling young adults on a career path, I begin with learning their desires. Often, mom and dad push them toward a career mom and dad like. But Junior is unsure.

Each of us is unique.

Start with your name. The website, if given your first and your last name will reveal how many of your fellow Americans share your name. In my case, there are 13,097 people in the U.S. named John White.

At moment this is being written, there are 7,962,169,275 living people on this planet. Therefore, there are the same number of individually distinguishable sets of fingerprints that prove your uniqueness, even if you share a name with thousands of people. Even the genetic makeup of each person is unique.

For each of us, there is a unique purpose to which we are called. In the years of my youth, the word for a calling was a vocation. Vocation comes from the Latin word vocātiō which means, a summons. The root Latin verb is vocāre, to call.

I ask, “Who is calling you?” Why did you choose the career path you are on?

Let’s turn to the Bible.

“For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13 Amplified version

Longing means strong, lasting desire. Ability means power or skill to do, make, or think; talent.

The last word to consider is grace. In the context of its use in the Bible, grace (Greek chairs = gift) means the gift of the power and the desire to do God’s will.

The Biblical word grace comes from the Greek word charis: gift (Strong’s Concordance, Greek dictionary, no. 5485).

In summary, God gives each of us both the desire to do His will and the power to get it done.

When we follow our calling, we are directed by the will of God and enabled by the power of God.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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  1. “In summary, God gives each of us both the desire to do His will and the power to get it done.”

    Unsurprisingly, this is false per the bible itself. This god repeatedly denies some humans from being able to accept it. We see this in Matthew 13, Romans 9, and in the parable of the sower, where an a “sower” aka god, intentionally throws seed where it cannot do what the “sower” supposedly wants.


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