What would happen if Christians abandoned our cultural definition of “vocation” as our income-producing job and understood our very routine day-in-day-out life as our true vocation?
- How would employees behave if the CEO viewed the company as a ministry rather than “secular” work?
- What would the consumer experience if the retail salesperson understood meeting the customer’s need as her ministry rather than her marketplace job?
- What kind of students would emerge from the public school classroom if the teacher saw the opportunity to teach as ministering to the forming minds of future Christian leaders?
- Would the food taste better if it was served by someone who regarded that serving as ministering to the physical needs of others rather than just slinging burgers in a fast-food joint?
- Would young adults be better prepared for a life in Christ if their mom and dad held parenting as the deepest of ministries rather than a life-stage?
- How structurally sound would a building be if the contractor recognized drawing of the blueprint, the brick and mortar, the hammers and nails as tools God has given to accomplish His purpose?
What would your community look like if every believer you know lived their life as ministry–every waking, sleeping, eating, breathing moment? Sound too good to be true? Maybe. But it’s what we call forth every time we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Can you imagine what a difference it would make for the kingdom if there was no difference in the behavior of a Christian in the marketplace and that same Christian in their home, or church, or neighborhood? Christ’s reputation would surely be far less tarnished to the unbeliever. Would those who don’t yet believe be more attracted to Jesus if they observed real joy in those who profess Christ?
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I woke and saw that life was service. I acted, and, behold, service was joy. -Rabindranath Tagore
What would happen if we church leaders came to understand that our vocation is not only to lead others to salvation in Christ, but to guide them in understanding and claiming their true vocation: to serve Jesus by serving others. What would the world look like if every Christian caught the correlation between life and service and joy? Heaven on earth perhaps?
How are you helping those you shepherd see the ministry of everyday life, that they would live a life of ministry?