“Everything humans build will one day be reduced to ruins, but our lives and our leadership will, in Christ, have eternal consequences and impact.” -Albert Mohler
Dr. Mohler’s work, The Conviction to Lead, focuses on encouraging Christians to lead with a passion for something much greater than the daily tasks of our temporal employment. Whether we are cleaning streets or seeking a path to exploring Mars, our calling (or vocation) must be examined in light of our impact on the souls around us. In writing to the Colossian church, the Apostle Paul noted, “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). The “whatever” Paul is referring to provides no limitations or qualifiers thus revealing the necessity of living every aspect of our lives Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone). Our vocations (whether in the home, community, church, school, workplace, etc.) therefore, are a means of grace designed by God to accomplish the more lofty tasks of evangelizing the lost and encouraging the faithful.
Patrick Henry College Professor Gene Veith encapsulates the God-ordained role of vocation and its practical implications in everyday life…
“God gives us this day our daily bread through the vocation of farmers, millers, bakers, and — we would add — the factory workers, truck drivers, grocery store employees, and the hands that prepared our meal. God creates and cares for new life by means of the vocations of mother and father, husband and wife. He protects us by means of police officers, judges, the military, and other Romans 13 vocations of those who “bear the sword.” God brings healing not primarily through miracles but through the vocation of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and the other medical vocations. God teaches through teachers, conveys His Word through preachers, gives the blessings of technology through engineers, and creates beauty through artists. God works through all the people who do things for us, day by day. And He also works through us, in whatever tasks, offices, and relationships He has called us to do.”
Christian leaders, as we enter the tasks presented before us each day, may we be mindful of the reality that they are a divine avenue by which we honor God by serving others.
-Soli Deo Gloria