Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
When we have an incredible calling on our lives, as all believers do, it can become all to easy to expect work that is equally incredible. So when believers find themselves waiting to hear back about a job offer for a position they think is less than exciting, many people simply don’t give it a chance. Instead, they excuse themselves from the process and go on hoping that something better will come along. Have you ever passed on a job offer because it didn’t feel right or you weren’t sure whether it was your calling? Sometimes that may be the wise thing to do, but not necessarily in every case.
Many Christians confuse job and calling, and a few consequently miss out on important work opportunities because they are waiting for a particular position or job title. The truth is, though, that our calling is not limited to a particular job. It does not occur only from 9 to 5, nor is it part-time or seasonal. A calling is every day, all day, and in every place we go. It is comprehensive and extends to everything we do. It’s primarily about our identity in Christ.
I think that sometimes we can fall into the trap of being too choosy when it comes to our job. We can live out our calling in almost any job we are involved in. There are some exceptions to this, but they are pretty rare.
When we pass up jobs because we think they aren’t right, we may be missing opportunities to share the love of Christ with our potential co-workers. We certainly need missionaries to share the gospel around the world, but we also need missionaries around town. Maybe God needs you at that place you are considering for a job.
Your calling is not defined by your vocation, but by how you function within that vocation.