Salvation/Vocation, what has one got to do with the other you may ask. I did ask Pastor Mike over dinner in a restaurant Saturday evening. I knew from typing the Sunday bulletin what his sermon title was and wanted an explanation. First of course, I wanted to state my case. The circumstances were perfect for good communication….no television, no audience, no phone calls….just the two of us. I love a captive audience. I remarked that I didn’t see the relationship between Salvation and what one would choose for life’s work.
His eyes lighted up as he prepared to explain. He said carrying your salvation into your vocation was the connection. We as Christians sometimes separate our employment from our religion. Do we have to do that? No, I don’t think so. Our very being is a testimony to our faith in God. We are walking in the Light and our steps on the path of righteousness are there to see, to be an example.
Whether you are a garbage collector, a medical doctor, an engineer or a circuit court clerk (as I was) you are a walking, talking example of God’s love for all of us. We are His children and He asks that we love Him above all and love our neighbors as ourselves..
That should be easy enough. We are filled with His spirit, right? But if you look around – even in this small city of Cadillac – you will see souls in need of salvation, people living on the streets, child abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, crime, bullying and suicide.
We also see charity organizations, missions, churches offering food and free clinics. We have grief support groups and community outreach and backpack programs to make sure our kids have healthy meals if needed. Are you aware that if you know the good you ought to do and do nothing, you are in sin (James 4:17) .
Dearest Lord, thank you for the Holy Spirit that keeps us on track by reminding us we can do more, we should do more….to spread your love as far and wide as possible, and we know all things are possible with You. In Jesus name, Amen