There is nothing wrong with working a secular job. There is nothing inherently less worthy about it. We can’t all be in full-time ministry. Yet, I feel strongly about how God has led me to this point, and it is *quite* discouraging to now be a thirty-something and performing tasks way outside my training. I attempt, to varying success, to glean lessons for when the day will come when I will be in vocational ministry. My goal is to start to writing about these lessons, not only to crank out some writing, but also to serve as a reminder of my growth now, as well as what men and women in the congregation deal with on a daily basis.
The first is that for those people who have secular jobs, and especially when families are thrown in the mix, free time does not exist.
Just as a father treasures the horrible crayon picture from his children, so to God is glorified by the submission of our mundane careers to him. Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” This verse is not teaching you to work hard so that your boss can have a good view of Christians, this bypasses any man you are working for and places your activities directly to God. We should ratchet screws for Christ, type reports for Christ, handle accounting for Christ. When I dedicate my drilling of holes to him, God is glorified.
In 2009, Pastor Jeff Riddle interviewed Pastor Conrad Mbewe about several areas of interest having to do with American and African ecclesiology. Check it out here!
So much for “clown ministry” and entertainment-based church! Abraham Booth points out The buffoonery of harlequins.