We would dress in the clothes of our vocation, that is, what we wear on our workday job. Nurses would dress in their scrubs or white nurses’ uniforms; doctors would wear their white coats; preachers, well, they might not dress any different; homemakers might come in an apron or chef’s hat; teachers might come with a ruler in their hand; scientists in white coats and carrying beakers; others might come in their postal workers uniform and farmers in their coverall jeans. And this all helped us, in the past, to see that a church is made up of many people coming together from many different places. And a community consists of 45 religious worshipping communities, each doing their thing to build up the people of the county. “It takes a village to raise a child,” and it takes each of us working together to make this county a great place to live.
The church reformer Martin Luther dialogued heavily on the subject of “vocations,” and reviewing the scriptures pointed out that we, in reality, have only one vocation based upon our decision to be baptized in Christ Jesus in the Trinitarian formula. That baptism, acknowledging the one baptism we share, “calls” us to action to “love God and to love our brothers and sisters.” But we may think, act, pray and react differently to those very words. Luther did point out, though, that, as we deal with “that one vocation,” we do it through many offices, some running concurrently. This gives voice to our fulfilling the scripture that “we are one body, some the arms, some the legs, some the ears, others the mouth, some the eyes and some the heart of God carrying out Christ’s vocation.”
My granddaughters help me to see this multi-functioning office of one vocation — they are soccer players, sisters, children, acolytes, churchgoers, students and many more “offices.” Interacting together at the same time, we cannot separate how their many offices work for the good and glory of God. Your doctor may at the same time be a father or mother, parent, church usher, Sunday school teacher, musician, etc., and all give glory to God as they carry out their daily endeavors. We are blessed with musicians, actors, preachers, teachers and laborers. We should be thankful that there are many ways and many different things we can do.
Celebrate a little this weekend the life that God has given to you through your vocation, and it’s calling to be the good news in the world today. Let us labor for the Master!