I was deeply challenged and convicted by a recent conference session taught by hip hop artist Lecrae. For years I considered my calling as a nurse/educator/process improvement specialist subpar with those who have been called to full time vocational ministry, and struggled with wondering why I was not called to attend seminary and into vocational ministry.
I’ve also been guilty of elevating those called into vocational ministry above those called to “secular” work: nurses, teachers, mechanics, lawyers, doctors, retail managers, engineers, etc. This mindset could not be further from the truth! There is not an “A” team and “B” team in the church. We are all part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, so that we may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called us out darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
As Christians, we are to be a gospel presence in the world around us (Matthew 5:13-16). We NEED the aroma of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:15) to permeate our hospitals, stores, public schools, farms, legal firms, theater companies, music outlets, factories, restaurants, and so on. Whatever our calling, we are His and are to bring Him glory (Colossians 3:23-24).
I rejoice when I see others being called into full time vocational ministry. I need to rejoice and encourage more when I see others desiring to serve Jesus and being a gospel presence in whatever “secular” vocation they pursue.
Soli Deo Gloria!
(to God alone the glory!)