The Book of Faith and Callings

In the preface to The Book of Faith and Callings, the author makes the fitting introduction. “Faith is becoming increasingly emphasized as the Church heads towards the end of time. Maybe because of that profound question of the Lord’s: When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth? The one, in other words, trying to find out whether, on that day when the trumpet call is heard, there will be faith to recognize it? A connection there and then develops between the two ideas. Faith and callings, that is. If the two will have something to do with each in the future, they, no doubt, have something to with each other today. These pages are filled with an analysis of the separation and then the overlap; consistent enough to lead to single-minded opinion, it is hoped.”
But the outline of the material is in three parts – Faith, Self-faith and Callings – because faith is a two-in-one, considering believing in God is believing that one can believe, which is believing in self. And believing in self still has to do with calling because one believes that it is self being called so self has to be useful seeing that self is the one to do the needful. The faith part deals with the basics and the Self-faith part shows, as its own sub-heading says, “faith is not what or how but who”. On its part, the Callings part then crowns it all with the end of the matter; if not where everything is coming from, with its bold subtitle’s claim of how “there are faith’s and then there is the faith.”
What that is all about quickly follows, thereafter, to leave the reader in no doubt. “To say there are faiths and then there is the faith – implying that the ultimate faith is the call – has by now only been half done. For the most part the time has been spent on implying the call by explaining faith – what faith calls for, that is to say. Now the role-play will be reversed to implying faith by explaining the call. Hopefully the call can emerge as the true believer. Belief is recognition and recognition (from cognition) is reception and communication. From 2 Cor. 13:5 and 1 Tim. 4:1, [for example], it is interesting how those who depart from “the faith” are those who give heed to seducing spirits (another caller other than God) and doctrines of devils.”
So the only thing left is to see where this time spent on implying the call by explaining faith went and then where the implying of the faith from the call also took it. Going by the table of contents, the first approach is seen in Faith covering the four aspects of face, fate, feet and fight in slightly different wording and Self-faith breaking things down as a matter of measure of faith/gift, impulsive buying, test of schooling and being another man. The second comes in with Callings going into the what, how, magnitude and directions of a call.
Here the foreword would come in handy. “In everything we do and say, lines are defined, boundaries are established and our beliefs finally manifest. The effect of our faith. Pause. Take stock. Do you like everything in the box within which your life has been confined? You’ll realize that you shaped it. Did some destiny elude you? Someone can shoot themselves in the foot! The fate, good or bad, we finally behold. In this book Faith and Callings, practical help is unveiled so that one can fight the good fight of faith, put forward their best foot, turning fierce when faces intimidate without, towards developing cold feet, to achieve the desired fate. It is then easy to identify and have faith in our callings; names, training and professions. Between the lines, a lot has been amplified for our benefit, in this book.”
Now for a teaser from some random part of the book. Page 185-7. An explanation of what a high calling is. “Jesus made the finest case for high calling in His illustration of invitations. “When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted [Luke 14:8-11].”” The fact [shown here]…that men only go higher at the invitation or summons of those in higher places justifies…[why] people who grew up in the times of monarchies and class-culture sought almost as their life’s supreme mission so-called “high society”. Change of society meant change of station in life. Same for the spiritual; like Joseph meeting Pharaoh; like also Abraham meeting Melchizedek.” [Minor edits applied for brevity]

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