And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through himColossians 3:17
Last month I shared the connection between our vocation and our worship. This is best expressed in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where he says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17). In this text, Paul is encouraging his fellow believers to live a Christian life of mercy and grace to our neighbor as we are also living our lives. In this way, I would like to expand a little on that idea of vocation as a means of serving our neighbor.
Paul’s writings are very evangelical. What I mean by this is that, even as he is correcting and encouraging his fellow believers about matters of lifestyle, and issues in the church, he is always pointing them to the unbelievers in their midst. In his first letter to the Corinthians, he says something very similar as Col. 3:17. While correcting their habits of eating and drinking, he says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31). He offers similar exhortations to the Roman Christians, but all these point to the relinquishing of liberties for the spiritual benefit of others–that they may be saved.
And that is the point, that they may be saved. We do not know how or when we may be questioned about our faith or the hope of the resurrection that we have. In fact, we may never be actively called to answer for our faith. But you will always come into contact with, communicate with, and interact with non-believers who see you for who you are. In our many vocations, we are called to be servants of God, His hands of mercy in this world. And so I encourage you to serve, to love, and to forgive, just as Christ served, loved, and forgave.