I am a pastor. That’s what I do. But I haven’t always been a pastor. I used to be in outside sales for a packaging company. We sold packaging supplies and equipment to manufacturers and distributors. And you might say, “Well those are two TOTALLY different occupations.” And in some ways, you’re right. But in many other ways, the two jobs are more similar than you might think.
You see, if my chief purpose in life is to glorify God, then I can do that by either being a pastor OR a salesman. As a pastor, I try to get to know people- I listen to them tell me their stories; I love people by praying for them and taking them meals when they’re sick or having babies; I spend many meals across a table from people I’m trying to get to know; I volunteer several nights and weekends doing things I don’t have to do in order to further God’s Kingdom; I train and develop leaders… and you know what? I did the same thing as a salesman.
My job is not that different than your job. My job is to glorify God by loving Him and loving His people. Your job is to glorify God by loving Him and loving the people around you. My job is to glorify God by doing my job well; your job is to glorify God by doing your job well.
I have found that when I am intentionally living in such a way as to glorify God (enjoying Him- not just begrudgingly obeying Him), it is THEN that I am mixing my faith and my vocation successfully. Because you may not know this, but it is very possible to begrudgingly do the work of a pastor, just as it is possible to do the same in a secular environment. But if we truly have the joy of our salvation deep within our souls, it is THEN that we do our job in such a way as to bring Him glory… and no matter what we are doing, that should be our goal.
Contributed by Beau Berman
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