Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12:4-8 CSB
I spend a lot of time in the sanctuary. I mean, a lot. Whether I am up front setting up for the weekend, rearranging for the team coming in, replacing or charging batteries, or upstairs editing and creating worship slides, updating or creating sound system profiles for vocals or instruments, testing mics for special worship like the one we just had, the list goes on and on. This time spent is the vocation I have; this is the job I have been blessed with.
Vocation in our post-industrial society has come to mean something like a career or job. But the meaning can be more nuanced, even beautiful if we consider it from our doctrinal perspective. Dr. Luther had much to say about vocation. He asserted that God has put us where we are – in all facets of our lives – for His purpose. The role we serve at home, in the workplace, and in recreation, is all serving His program of redeeming His creation back to him. Even though my calling here at Redeemer is indeed my vocation serving the church, I have other vocations where I serve my neighbor and family. As do you.
Our upcoming worship theme for August 5-6 is titled simply: “Gifted”. I take no part in sermon writing so I am unsure what shape that message will take, but it got me thinking about something I say often in my role here, that we are “gifted for Worship.” The biggest, broadest definition of worship that I share when asked is this: When we use the gifts God has given us for His glory, that is worship. We have all been given great gifts of life, mind, body, and spirit. When we use those gifts in the name of the one who gave us the gift of Salvation, we become co-workers with Christ in everything we do.