“Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.” (1 Corinthians 7:17 NIV84)
When I read this verse I remember my studies of Martin Luther on the Christian’s vocation. “Vocation” is defined as one’s position of service for the kingdom of God. Often, we Christians apply the term vocation to missionaries, pastors, teachers and professional church workers only. Luther taught that every Christian as a member of the body of Christ has a vocation (role of service) in the kingdom of God. Luther said it doesn’t matter whether you are a pastor or a ditch digger — as long as you fulfill that role as a faithful child of God, you are living out your vocation. One doesn’t have to be a pastor, teacher, church council member or elder to have a vocation. So, what is your vocation?
Are you a Christian barber or hairstylist? How about a Christian plumber or electrician? Maybe you are a Christian who is retired or one who is a stay-at-home mom. How about a Christian accountant or police officer? Do you get my point? You have an important vocation (role) within the body of Christ as long as you are living as a Christian in that role. Always remember that although much of our time is lived out in this world, we are members of the kingdom of God. Our citizenship is in heaven.
May we all faithfully fulfill our Christian vocation.