Vacation or Vocation

Vocation or Vacation?

“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were
when you were called”
(1 Corinthians 1:26).

A vocation is a divine calling to carry out a mission. For Paul, it is the answer to the Lord’s call and the motivation that the person feels, coming from God, to press ahead with a religious life. So is vocation the call to do a one-time job or is it something that lasts a lifetime? It is a private matter, limited to our professional context, or is it complete and comprehensive?

Some understand vocation to be the inclination to be a pastor or a religious minister. But Paul was not only referring to pastors, but also to all the brethren considering their vocation regardless of their office, work, or occupation. All believers have, or should have, their vocation.

Since the vocation is God’s call, every believer has a vocation
as a missionary son or daugther of God.

A vacation, meanwhile, is a temporary suspension from work, studies, or other usual activities. If we are not involved in a vocation, then we are on vacation. It is as J. Packer says:

“Our highest and most privileged vocation is
to do God’s will in God’s strenght for God’s glory.”

For example, what was Joseph’s or Daniel’s vocation? Was it as rulers? Or did their life vocation stand out optimally while they exercised their roles, as children of God?

Vocation is not what I do from time to time, Sunday mornings at church, or at some isolated time when I bear witness to my faith. For Paul, vocation is both the call and the passion that direct and envelops our being at all times and in every place.

A new born baby once spent eighteen days of his life in a hospital, and when he was discharged it was because the doctors told the parents that medicine could not do anything for their baby anymore. They had to take the baby home, to die. The parents prayed all the way home, in their own way: “If You save our son, when he is older, we will dedicate him to You.” God miraculously healed the lung problem the baby had, and saved his life. Today, this baby is now all grown up, and always feels like he is a debtor on borrowed life.

He was told this story after he told his parents that he wanted to become a pastor. Then, the parents told him what God has done for him. God called him to this undeserved and sacred pastoral vocation, and by His grace, this same baby, has now been a pastor for more than four decades. He embraces his vocation with gratidude for the rest of his life.

If your vocation is on vacation, the time is up today.
Receive the apostle’s plea to believers as God’s plea to you,
and live your life worthy of the vocation to which you have been called.

God bless you today…