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“How is it that ye sought Me? Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?” (Lk. 2:49, KJV).
The business of God is the work of salvation and sanctification. The business of Christians is the work of salvation and sanctification, for all Christians are about their Father’s business. If your religion is worth anything at all to you, it is worth everything. A half-religious person is only religious in seasons of convenience. Half Christians are cancers upon Christianity because they give Christ only the slightest portion of their time, talents and strength, and the world notices their hypocrisy. Occupied “living water” Christians consecrate their lives and businesses to the Lord’s labors, for those failing in this regard shall discover that everything held back from the Lord will curse and corrupt what they perceive themselves to have given (Jn. 7:38).
Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew left their businesses immediately (Mk. 1:18-20; 2:14). No rational person would expect God to assist him in a work He has called him out of. Myriads of saints are most busy about duties God has not called them to perform. Do you know anyone God is calling away from building value for worldly kingdoms? Is Paul’s consistent introduction of himself that of a tentmaker or an apostle?
God says, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Col. 4:23). Vocation is not designed for self-fulfillment, but to serve the Lord and benefit your community. When one labors in the vocation designed by the Lord for him, he expresses love for God and his neighbor.
John Woolman (1720-1772), a Quaker living in colonial America, realized that:
- Outward desires are encumberers
- Increased wealth assures desires for greater wealth
- His heart cannot accommodate uncomplimentary desires
- Spiritual growth generally comes at the expense of de-accumulation
After early success as a merchant, he determined that if he continued to expand his business, too much of his energy and attention would be diverted from God. He became a tailor and an orchardist. Does your vocation affect your attentiveness to God?
- All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motive (Prov. 16:2).
- Commit your works to the Lord, and your plans will be established (Prov. 16:3).
- The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps (Prov. 16:9).
- Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord, it will stand (Prov. 19:21).
- Whatever your hands finds to do, verily, do it with all your might (Ecc. 9:10).
- Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man shall give to you, for on Him the Father, even God, has set His seal (Jn. 6:27).
Christians are peoplescapers called by God to assist the grooming of people even as landscapers sculpt properties. Those called and gifted by God to fashion people into Christ’s image are charged with the highest of all worldly callings. Christianity calls you to a position in your society higher than a mere citizen because as a Christian you have all the duties of a normal citizen and yet the greater responsibility to God’s eternity. Peculiarity, sacrifice and sanctification are your most effective delivery systems, your most effective persuasives concerning God’s Christianity and your most effective means to build your culture into its purposed goal.
“In the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle… David stayed at Jerusalem” (II Sam. 11:1). David’s refusal to fulfill his vocational duties resulted in adultery and murder. Professionals profess something via their professions. What do you profess? As an attorney, does your practice profess Christ as Advocate? As a physician, does your practice profess Christ as the great Physician? As a Certified Public Accountant, does your practice prove Christ as one who counted and paid the ultimate cost?