Colossians 3:17 - Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
During my high school years I spent most of my summers at church camp. As a 10th grader I specifically recall an evening devotion where I heard the words of James 1:27 for the first time. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
At the time, I remember thinking that looking after orphans and widows seemed pretty important to God. Today, that verse has special meaning to me for a completely different reason. When the insurance company I work with began in 1873, its original name was "The Widows and Orphans Friendly Society." Now, looking back, I truly believe that 45 years ago God started preparing me to find a sacred calling in the job I have today. My business card may say, Financial Advisor, but to God my job is to look after widows and orphans.
My Vocation is a Sacred Calling
It gives me great joy to view my vocation as a sacred calling. I believe God appointed me to work where I do for a reason. He has providentially prepared people for me to know and serve. He has put his words in my mouth and given me a message of grace and peace to share with those I see every day.
Do you see your job as a sacred calling? Colossians 3:17 does. My sense is that many followers of Jesus do not. I believe that everyone who places their faith in Jesus and begins to follow him is called to a specific purpose, plan and place. Whether we are sales professionals, plumbers or homemakers, we all have a sacred calling. We are all on mission. We all interact with other human beings. We all represent Jesus.
All Christ-followers have a Sacred Calling
We do a great disservice to Christ's followers when we label only career pastors as "called." We have an every-where mission that encompasses the entire world. That means we need all Christ-followers to see themselves as called by God. While our pastors play a vital role within the body of Christ, a few paid professionals will not get the job done. It's time to call all Christians to see their vocation as a sacred calling.
Imagine what would happen if Christ's followers stopped viewing the world through the lenses of sacred and secular. Imagine what would happen if we taught one another that full time ministry is a relationship with Jesus, not a specific job. Ask Jesus to show you how your career field represents a sacred calling to people in the middle of his harvest field. Whatever we do and wherever we work - Jesus doesn't consider it second-class. He has put us where he wants us for a reason. We all have a sacred calling from the Lord.
Author:Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:
1. How do people usually distinguish between "sacred" and "secular" jobs?
2. How does it change your attitude and actions to view your job as a sacred vocation?
3. How is your career field a sacred calling to people in the middle of his harvest field? How have you experienced this?
4. Share a time when you were blessed by a person who served God through his job.
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Author - Paul Schlieker www.bible-study-lesson-plans.com
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