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10 Questions to Ask Regarding Your Vocation or Station in Life

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‭Colossians 3:17 ESV‬

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

Throughout a man’s life, his call is to find purpose and meaning beyond himself. It’s innate in us. God put it there.  The question is do I have a vocation or station in life and if so what does God have to say about it?

A vocation is your passion, your desire for work that excites your soul and fuels your drive to get up each morning and to be generous with your skills and abilities.

A station is a place where you find yourself working. Perhaps it’s not your dream job. It pays the bills, and allows you to feed your family, if at times barely. It may last a short season or you might be there longer than you imagined.  The station can seem secondary to what you desire but it’s where you find yourself.

Where is God in your vocation?  Where is God in your station?

There’s a tendency to disconnect God from our work, of course, unless you are a clergy, which most of us are not.  That sacred/secular split is a man-made construct that does not fit the language of God.  He doesn’t think that way.

All of life is sacred and our work especially is important to him, regardless of whether it’s a vocation or station in life.

There are 10 questions every Jesus-loving follower should contemplate.  These questions stem from a talk at a men’s retreat by Marty Solomon of the BEMA Discipleship Podcast.

1. Why is my work holy?  Not necessarily religious but set apart for God.  Making widgets on a CNC machine, drawing details for a building project, baking a cake, setting a toilet, fixing brakes, teaching 6th graders math, sweeping the sidewalk, the underlying question is how what you and I do is a holy thing.

2. How we work?  This gets into quality and attitudes. There is peace, and shalom that comes when we work in tandem with God. God and man. Man and Creation. Creation and God. Does how you work bring peace? Bring Shalom?

3. What is the core/essence of my work? When God created Adam, he gave him work to do. Work that is to bring order and steward creation in a way that honors God. How you and I work says a lot about whether how we work brings such order and stewardship.

4. What is good and true about my work? Unless you are in an illegal career like money laundering, sex trafficking, or drug dealing, there is something good and true about your work. What is it? What is good? What is true? Take time to consider how your job brings such to light. 

5. Why does my work matter in the world? I know, I know, you might think that what you do is such a minuscule part of the big picture it doesn’t matter. That may be a human perspective, but God’s view is different. Work matters because God created all work for good. 

6. If you didn’t do your work what would be missing? There are a lot of reasons why we don’t do our work. I was off work for six weeks recovering from my heart surgery. My work was impacted. Sure, others at the office took on some of my tasks, but somethings sat dormant on my desk for almost two months. If you stop doing your part, what would be missing in the world? Who would be hindered if you didn’t do your part?

7. What unique things do you bring to your work?  A friend of mine is very talented with his wood-turning machine. His creativity is one of a kind. Beautiful. Another guy I know does an excellent job but what makes him stand apart in his company is his personality. He lights up the other employees. People perk up when he walks in the office. Think about what unique things you bring to your work?

8. What is God doing in the world related to your work? If you are having a hard time seeing what God is doing in your line of work, the challenge is to shake any semblance of the sacred secular. Sure, if you work at a church or a parachurch organization, it might be easy to conclude God is at work. 

As Steve Savelich asks, “Is faith a 24/7 transactional relationship or limited to a certain day and hour of the week?” 

God is working in your line of business. It might not be as plain as daylight, but it’s there. Take time. Ask God what He’s doing in the world related to your work.

9. How is my work partnering with God? There are days I hit the office and wonder how what I am doing is partnering with God. At issue is do I want to partner with God in what I do?  The answer probably hovers around whether I see my faith in Jesus as a 24/7 relationship or a timeslot of my week. List out how you are partnering with God in your work.

10. Write your Vocational Calling Statement. Think of it as your personal mission statement. Regardless of what you do, vocation or station, God has a purpose for what you do.  Your work matters.

As an architect, here is my personal Vocational Calling Statement. 

“To bring value through creativity and order that enhances the lives of those I serve; 

bringing dreams to reality.”

Now what? I’m not sure your reaction to these ten questions. Perhaps it’s challenged you to dive deeper into how your work matters to God. Or, maybe these ten questions discouraged you, as if your work has no intrinsic value. 

Bring your work to the Lord. Ask him to show you how he’s working and how you can partner with him.

In fact, talking with a mentor is a great platform for processing your vocation or station.

God has something to say about your work and it is a good thing; a really good thing!

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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