The C3 Leaders devotion is a peer weekly reflection from business leaders related to their journey with Christ. Each weekly devotion will be written by a different author from among the C3 Leaders community.
As we go through this next year together, we pray that these words and reflections will encourage you in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Bible gives significance to any work. There are no non-sacred occupations. Being called to ministry or full-time service is often a cultural misrepresentation of God’s view of meaningful work; creeping out of the near singular focus on salvation, rather than “making disciples of the nations.” Thus, there exists an artificial ranking of the Godliness of work. It can be discouraging to read yet another letter from someone who shares the exciting news that they have suddenly discovered they are called into full-time service. What message does that send to those that thought they were called into the traditional (secular?!) workplace?
Everyone has a vocation, a calling. This is not something reserved for only a chosen few who end up as clergy or missionaries. We can and should live out our calling by being excellent at whatever God created us to be. As we take on this perspective, then everything we do is a part of fulfilling our vocation. In doing so, we are living out a Hebraic model, rather than a Greek model. A Hebraic model is holistic, it all belongs to God. The Greek view is compartmentalized into different parts of our life that shouldn’t integrate. The word vocation comes from the Latin “vocare,” which means, “to call”. It suggests that you are listening to something directed to you.
Could it be that each one of us is called to ministry and that it is all full-time service? Is it an “OR” model or, perhaps, could it be an “AND” model?