Today’s devotional is simple. Paul makes clear in this letter to the church at Colosse a simple perspective…if you know about and believe in Jesus the Christ do you lead a life “worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God”.
The Letter to the Colossians is about vocation…and with this word comes to two common misunderstandings. The first is a cultural idea of career or job. The second is the idea of one leading a religious life like that of the monks. Both fall woefully short of a biblical understanding – one that can be understood if we think about Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead. Vocation is about being raised from the dead…made alive in Christ and to the reality that we are not placed on this earth to merely exist. Rather, we exist to live out God’s call to each of us.
Vocation is not simply about choosing something to do…it is about responding to God’s call to you in your life…today! So, if you believe that “God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved”…if you believe this how are you responding to God?
Hamlet’s famous soliloquy begins “To be or not to be”. Hamlet is thinking about life and death and pondering a state of being versus a state of not being – being alive and being dead. Appropriate words that parallel Paul’s texts. For those who truly claim to follow Christ, vocation is the state of being alive in Christ…bearing fruit…fully pleasing to God. How do you respond to “To be or not to be (a follower of Christ)?