I heard a statement yesterday that I hate to hear ~ but I also love it hear it:
“Eric has to preach tomorrow.”
“Has to”? Really?
My response was immediate:
“I get to preach tomorrow.”
I hate to hear that phrase because it makes what I do sound laborious and tedious and that I really don’t enjoy it; that I would rather be doing something else. But I love to hear that phrase because it gives me the opportunity to share my faith and the excitement I have in preaching and leading worship.
“Have to”? Not even close.
Of course people smile and nudge me as soon as I correct them as if to say: “That is what I meant.” But part of me doesn’t believe them. Even so…I had an opportunity yesterday and I am happy to say that I took it.
Don’t get me wrong though. I am not trying to say that my job is any better than yours. I am not trying to imply that my job is more honorable than yours. I am certainly not saying that your job doesn’t matter as much as mine. Sure…I get to stand in front of people and proclaim the Gospel in what I hope to be no uncertain terms. But then again…so do you.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
[1 Peter 2:9-10]
We are ALL called to be ministers.
We are ALL called to proclaim Christ’s saving love.
We are ALL called to witness to the resurrection.
It’s just that my “job description” is a little different from yours. We ALL have holy and important callings. For God has placed each one of us in the vocation we are in for a particular purpose…so make the most of it. Instead of saying (or thinking) “I have to go to work”, say instead “I get to go to work and share my faith with others.” That is a holy and important work. Imagine the impact we could have on the world if we looked at our “jobs” as mission outposts for the sake of the Gospel.
God, please help me see myself as an instrument for your glory. Help me to see my place in life as having a specific purpose. May you be praise through my “work”. Amen.