49: Your true vocation (Ephesians 4:1, Ephesians 1:12, Ephesians 2:10)

Scripture ReadingEphesians 4:1Ephesians 1:12Ephesians 2:10

The second half of Ephesians begins with an exhortation to live out the vision of the first half of the letter. “I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1).

Every Christian shares in this calling. Thus our truest and deepest vocation (from the Latin word for “calling”) is to do our part to advance the multifaceted mission of God in the world. This calling shapes everything else we do in life, including our work—or what we sometimes refer to as our “vocation.” Of course, God may guide us to specific jobs for expressing our fundamental calling to live for the praise of God’s glory (Eph. 1:12). Thus as doctors and lawyers, clerks and wait­ers, actors and musicians, and parents and grandparents, we lead a life worthy of our calling to Christ and his activity in the world.

God is always leading Christians to the good. The workplace is a crucial setting for us to do many of the good works that God has prepared for us (Eph. 2:10).

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the good works you have prepared for me to do at my workplace this very day. Amen.

For Further Exploration: Read God’s Grand Plan: A Practical Guide (Ephesians 4:1–6:24) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.

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