Not Confusing our Occupation with our Vocation

Habakkuk 2.13-14 asks, has not the Lord Almighty determined that the people’s labor is only fuel for the fire, that the nations exhaust themselves for nothing? For the earth will be filled with the knowledgeimage of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.

God repeatedly warns us in the Bible that we cannot love God and money because our devotion will always be to one or the other of these two ‘masters.’ Too many Christians dabble in loving both.

There is a book entitled Monday Morning Atheist. The premise of this book is that Christians are hard to differentiate from pagans once Monday morning work activity begins.

The key to remaining a Christian Sunday through Saturday is focusing on God’s objectives rather than our own. This focus must be our occupation.

We were made by God for God to glorify God. This means we are His instruments for bringing His kingdom to earth as it is in heaven. God doesn’t send work crews from heaven for doing His work. Instead God uses His people’s willingness, talents and treasure to accomplish His objectives in this world.

The work of God gets done on earth by the people of God making available to God all they have and all they are for accomplishing all of His will. Our vocation is the means by which we fund our occupation.

Whether we are doctors, politicians, teachers or carpenters, these vocations supply the funding as well as the opportunity for accomplishing our occupation. Our office, our clients, our customers, our employees, our neighbors, our communities are the places we work at our occupation while engaging our vocation.

Our occupation is hindered when we are known for having a poor performance in our vocation. Likewise our occupation is hindered when being a success in our vocation is our only consideration.

God will measure our earthly performance by our faithfulness to our occupation within the vocation we choose for meeting our needs and accomplishing His purposes.

It is vain to labor at our vocation ignoring the purpose of our life – the occupation of God and His glory on earth as it is in heaven.

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