The Task of God’s People

What, as God’s people, are we actually called to do? This is especially important in the light of Providence, because God is in control of this world. Are there some things that God is in control of that we are called to work along-side (or underneath) him, and are there some things that we are called to leave in his hands and get on with other things?

There are a number of philosophical and theological structures that could give us a conclusion. However, we must first and foremost look to see how the biblical narrative informs the question. So this issue first rests on a biblical theology of what God does call his people to do, and what he does not.

There are a number of terms that could be used for this concept – calling, mission etc – but all of them come with pre-loaded theological conclusions that may not be appropriate. So my term will be ‘task’: What tasks does God give to his people? What tasks does he not?

Old Testament

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