“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am, send me.'” Isaiah 6:8
My husband and I watched a show on television recently. One of the main characters, a detective, had a post-it note on the dash of her car with this verse from Isaiah. When she was asked about it, she said, that was how she viewed her job. When things were a mess and bad things happened, God sent her in to help. Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if we all looked at our lives this way?
Martin Luther would certainly approve, because he believed that every Christian had a vocation — not just priests and nuns. Here’s what he had to say:
“Every occupation has its own honor before God. Ordinary work is a divine vocation or calling. In our daily work no matter how important or mundane, we serve God by serving the neighbor and we also participate in God’s on-going providence for the human race.”
Think of it this way — we’re all on a mission from God, called to spread His love and His Gospel in the place where we’re been planted. We can influence our environment in a good way or a bad way. We can think of our work as boring and unimportant, or as a way to help and serve others. When I worked at a hospital, buying inventory items, my boss had a sign placed in our warehouse that read: “The supplies that go through these doors save lives.” That helped me to understand that even if I was not a doctor or nurse, the work I did contributed to healing others. So did the work of every receiving clerk or warehouse employee.
Of course, there is also the work of simply being kind, respecting others, praying for our fellow workers, helping one another and so on. Our occupation should not be unconnected from our spiritual life — it should be a place where we live out what we learn in church and Bible study every week.
You’ve been called. Have you answered?
For more on Christian vocation see these posts:
What’s Your Vocation?
The Mission of the Layperson
Stewardship of Our Life