Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called.
1 Corinthians 7:20
Discontentment and dissatisfaction are rampant among us. We are not happy with the way things are. Things are not as we want them to be. We don’t have ‘enough’ money, time, or resources to do what we think we should. Even our ‘jobs’ sometimes (and for some, more than others) have the taste of mundaneness and even displeasure.
The Christian, too, struggles with such things. They are not immune to the desires of the flesh. And at times, they can be overwhelming, so overwhelming, in fact, that just doing anything becomes a challenge. It is a blessing of God that one be joyful in his work, whether that work be inside or outside the home. It is also a blessing of God that one delights serving Him according to His Word wherever he is and however God would have him serve within his calling.
Discontentment and dissatisfaction breeds contempt and does not come from God. Rather does contentment and satisfaction come from Him who gives everything—freely and without a contribution from us (Ecclesiastes 3:12; 5:18-20).
Only the Christian knows such contentment and joy with the things of God. Life is hard. Being a Christian does not mean that things will get ‘easier.’ It may be just the opposite. But the Christian has Christ, his “all in all” (Ephesians 1:23). And it is because of Christ that the Christian has a confidence and zeal “for the Lord,” even as things don’t appear as he would like or as he thinks they should be. It is because of Christ that the Christian has such confidence before God that God will not judge him a sinner because of his sin. And it is because of Christ, who has done everything already, that the Christian joyfully goes about his work, fulfilling his calling as God has called him, whatever that calling may be, and however thankless that calling might seem. One who has confidence in the Lord in His calling because of Christ will strive to serve to the best of his ability, and thanks the Lord for such work which pleases God and serves neighbor.
Lord, grant us such confidence. Amen.
If I am a minister of the Word, I preach, I comfort the saddened, I administer the sacraments. If I am a father, I rule my household and family, I train my children in piety and honesty. If I am a magistrate, I perform the office which I have received by divine command. If I am a servant, I faithfully tend to my master’s affairs. In short, whoever knows for sure that Christ is his righteousness not only cheerfully and gladly works in his calling but also submits himself for the sake of love to magistrates, also to their wicked laws, and to everything else in this present life—even, if need be, to burden and danger. For he knows that God wants this and that this obedience pleases Him. (Luther’s Lectures on Galatians, LW 26, p12)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Giver of all good gifts, forgive us for taking for granted all that you freely give to us, even the very callings to which you have called us as parent, spouse, child, citizen, worker, Your baptized child and member of Your Church. Forgive us for resenting you for placing us where we are, for being frustrated with our circumstances, and for neglecting the responsibilities of our calling. Help us to trust in You, and to do better, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.