Around the world this morning, people woke up to the sun rising in large cities and the countryside. People from all countries and languages began their new day. Business people opened storefronts, farmers went to the fields and parents helped children pack their books for school. In every season of life, most people have a job – a vocation, a purpose to make a living and to live in this world. Others may be looking for that job, that next step to working in this world.
God created work in the Garden of Eden and work is good. We can glorify God in our work no matter what we do. The farmer provides food for others, the doctor provides healing for the sick, the teacher gives knowledge and a love for learning, the businessman provides work for his employees, and mothers and fathers work at home to take care of little children.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, what is our true “job” besides the need for work to provide food and clothing for our families? Is our identity in our earthly job or in our heavenly purpose? Who and what identifies us? When people ask us, “what do you do?”, what should we answer? What is our true vocation?
In The Valley of Vison, a devotional book of Puritan prayers, one prayer called, “Vocation” is a reminder of who we are in our true “vocation” for Christ:
Heavenly Father, Thou hast placed me in the church which thy Son purchased by his own blood.
Add grace to grace that I may live worthy of my vocation...
I am a tree of the vineyard thou hast planted.
Grant me not to be barren, with worthless leaves and wild grapes;
Prune me of useless branches; water me with dews of blessing.
I am part of the Lamb’s bride, the church.
Help me to be true, faithful, chaste, loving, pure, devoted;…
May I live high above a love of temporal things, sanctified, cleansed, unblemished, hallowed by grace,
Thy love my fullness,
Thy glory my joy,
Thy precepts my pathway,
Thy cross my resting place…
Today, no matter what your job is whether you are working or looking for work as a Christian, your “vocation” is to be a light to the world wherever God has placed you in His vineyard. Through His blessings and the power of the Holy Spirit given to us who believe we can bear fruit that the world knows nothing about. We can love others, have supernatural peace and joy in our circumstances, show acts of kindness and goodness, be an example to the world of faithfulness in our commitments and discipline and self-control in our speech and affections.
God is glad to give us work but ultimately desires us to give Him the glory in whatever we do. As you work today, meeting deadlines, managing finances, communicating with others, serving others with “mundane” tasks, desks piled high with papers or a field ready to harvest, remember your vocation as a believer in Jesus. He is your vocation as you work in this world!
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians 3:17
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23
“If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11