I blogged recently about being a Pastor’s wife. The truth is I, and all of you, have many roles. We are mothers and wives, employees and daughters, friends and neighbors, church members and siblings. In each of these roles we have a responsibility to be God’s hands and feet in the world. On a Via de Cristo weekend, we call the team members who are serving others chas, which stands for Christ’s hands in Action. When you think of your whole life that way, it puts a different perspective on the smallest and most mundane actions.
Martin Luther, changed the whole understanding of vocation. In his time, those who had a “vocation” were the priests, nuns and monks. These people were the ones who were giving their lives to God. Luther said everyone could do this; those in religious orders were no different or better than the ordinary person who was striving to dedicate their daily life to God. Milking cows was as holy and important a role as leading the Mass.
This doesn’t mean we can go about our lives without any thought of God; instead it means that we should be thinking of God and trying to do His will ALL THE TIME. Imagine how the world would change if every one of us did this? It would put an end to a lot of cursing, gossip, insults and other kinds of careless talk. It would lead to productive employees, concerned parents, helpful neighbors and caring friends. I suspect that the harder I try to do this, the more contented and peaceful I’ll become.
The work I have in this world is the work God has given me. The roles I fulfill are the ones He chose for me. Each of them will teach me something and bring me closer to Him if I just remember who I am: a steward of the King.
This song has been a favorite of mine for a long time. It reminds me of a quote from one of Martin Luther’s earlier books, The Freedom of a Christian (1520). In it, he wrote,
“[A]s our heavenly Father has in Christ freely come to our aid, we also ought freely to help our neighbor through our body and its works, and each one should become as it were a Christ to the other that we may be Christs to one another “
Do you have a relationship with God’s Word? If not, why not?
In every life, there are defining moments. An event, a choice, a meeting that changes everything that comes after. A time when you set off in a different direction. What are some of those moments in your life? Maybe getting married, becoming a parent, graduating from college, choosing to embark on a certain career?
For every Christian the most important defining moment of life, is the day they met Jesus. For many of us that happens in our baptism as a very young child. We grow up and continue in the faith that was imparted at an early age. For others, there is an event that awakens faith in a flash; or a person who tells the good news. However it happens we need to live as Luther described in the quote above: as if the events of the Passion and the Resurrection and the Second Coming were not just words in the Bible that we accept intellectually, but events that we actually believe, experience, and allow to affect our lives.
How would you feel if Jesus had just died yesterday for you? How would you spend your time if you saw the resurrection with your own eyes? How would you behave if you believed that the Second coming might happen tomorrow? In the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, the Bible tells us to be ready. Don’t procrastinate. Spend your time and your life today as Jesus “redefined” it. Make that one defining moment the centerpiece of your life.