by Gordon Lanpher, ATS Graduate Intern, Children’s Pastor @ The River
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” – Eph. 4:1-6 ESV
Harry was broken down in the middle of the desert in Washington (the state). There was no hope of a tow truck. He walked all the way to a small town where there was a repair shop. As he was waiting, he got hungry but there was nowhere to go eat except for this small restaurant. He does not even look at the menu and tells the waitress, “I want a burger.” The waitress says, “We just do burritos.” So he asks for chicken one. She replies, “We just do beef ones.” “Fine,” he says. Nervously he waits for this small town burrito in north Washington. Thinking, he will probably be sick from it. However, he took bite because he was so hungry. He realizes this is the best tasting thing he had ever tasted. The worries of his day slid right off of him and he consume this delicious meal. He now knew what he wants to do with his life. He wanted to provide the same kind of meal they would take away the worries of the day for other people.
In the church, we are not all called to do the same thing. Each of us has a part to play in this thing we called the church. Some of us are called to be pastors while other of us is called to be businessman. Still others of us are supposed to be a part of the political system or the educational system. Paul calls us to do each these in Ephesians 4 with the spirit of God so the church may be built up for the glory of God.
Reflect/journal “How does my vocational fit into the ministry of bringing glory to God and building up his kingdom?”