The ideas of vocation and calling have been vanquished from our thinking in recent years. We’re now far more comfortable with a job, occupation or career. Personally I attribute this shift to the fact that a calling requires a Caller (note the cap C) – and we no longer want anything to do with such a being. Nonetheless, if we accept the Caller’s existence, a calling gives meaning to our work, making it more of a vocation than anything else.
The church in the Western World is not very well in tune with the reality of the supernatural. Our regular assumptions cause us to associate supernatural activity with tabloid headlines, superstition or weirdos. Paul wouldn’t want it that way.
In 2 Thessalonians 2:13 it says that “God from the beginning chose you for salvation through … belief in the truth.” People often find it difficult to reconcile these two things – God’s choosing us and our believing the truth. One way proposed out of the dilemma is to consider the various types of knowledge entailed in God’s omniscience. Middle knowledge in particular seems relevant to this question. This is a brief attempt to explain it.