Job vs Career vs Calling
Three bricklayers were asked, “What are you doing?” The first responded, “I’m laying bricks.” The second said, “I’m constructing a building.” And the third exclaimed, “I’m building a cathedral for The Almighty!” Each mason had the same task, but their sense of purpose diverged significantly. The first had a job, the second a career, and the third a calling. It was only the third mason who connected his work to the purposes of the Only Sovereign God, and it was only the third who worked unto the Lord.
Christ calls us to be like the third mason—to work for His glory. Paul writes in 1 Cor 10:31, “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This statement covers all our activities, our employment included. The cross and the empty tomb radically change what used to be very ordinary to something extraordinary. Whether it’s cleaning toilets at McDonald’s or serving as the President of the United States, God calls us to work for His name’s sake (Col 3:23).
Brother or sister, do you have a job, a career, or a calling? If you’re like the first or second mason, ask the Lord to transform your daily tasks into an eternal calling from Him. If you’re like the third mason, praise the Lord and keep working hard. In whatever you chose to do, don’t settle for laying bricks or constructing a building when the triune God has called you to build a glorious church for His Eternal Name!