Your Calling

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Your calling might be anything. It all counts with God.

My Bible-reading this morning brought me to 1 Corinthians 7:20: “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.”

Did you ever get the impression, maybe back in Sunday school, that you really ought to be doing something special for God, like being a missionary, or a street preacher? Your day job didn’t count.

But as Chalcedon board member Ford Schwartz once said to me, “If you have a calling, it’s your calling. Wherever you are, whatever you do, you have a calling to carry out your business in a righteous way.”

And as St. Paul explained it, if you’re called by God while you’re a slave, you are now God’s freeman; and if called while free, you are now God’s servant. Remember, Paul wrote during the height of the Roman Empire, when a fair-sized portion of the human race was bound in slavery. But in God’s sight everyone is equal.

In truth, your day job does count, and God wants us to carry out our regular duties bearing in mind that we all work for Him, we are His servants–so we work honestly, righteously, and as best we can. Heck, some of us are called to write fantasy novels.

And Paul adds that if you’re a slave and you do receive your freedom–use it for God’s glory. If you get a promotion, or a better job, use it.

For God has called you to it.

6 comments on “Your Calling

  1. I’ve always loved the part of Brother Lawrence’s “Practicing the Presence of God” where he says, “I flip my little omelet for the glory of God.” We can offer anything — even the most mundane of tasks — to God as a kind of dancing before His throne.

    Come to think of it, I sometimes wonder whether — or maybe hope that — we’re His equivalent of cute cat videos.

  2. One mistake I’ve seen people make is to allow themselves to be paralyzed, because they want to be ready for the return of Christ. He did tell us to be watchful, be never was it implied that we should freeze in our tracks while we’re being watchful. A happy and productive life is not displeasing to God.

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