For those who’ve been following us the past few years, you’ve probably noticed how I often branch “bivocational” into two camps: those who work multiple secular jobs and those with a gig in the ministerial arena1.
However…in recent months, I’ve begun to question if this approach best captures the contrast.
‘Cause truth is: we’re all ministering something…because we’re all worshipping something.
Or to put it another way…we’re ministering something because somehow, someway (whether we realize it or not) we’re being continually empowered to attend the needs of someone else…whether a co-worker, a boss, a family member, a friend, a loved one, etc.
Now, before I continue, let me clarify this one point: when I say ‘ministerial arena’…I am (more often than not) talking about those who provide full-time or part-time service under the occupational ministry umbrella, but this doesn’t mean I believe other umbrellas are inferior.
Contrarily, I view all callings as unique given what God creates, assigns, and rations is infallible (Galatians 3:28, Genesis 1:27, Acts 10:34). So while the majority of what we discuss may naturally gear itself to those with one foot in a more ecclesiastical door, that doesn’t mean you fail if your feet find themselves on a different foundation2.
You see…I think far too often those in the church, those in ministry tend to pump up their own cause through the mission God has called them to…
…which, to me, represents one of the greatest tragedies not talked about in forums like this.
And while I’m not insecure about people taking prior His Girl Fryday blogs out of context, I still wanted to take time on this beautiful Monday afternoon to autocorrect how I breach bivocational topics in the now…and then.
All that to say…moving forward, when I mention “bivocational”, please know I’m referring to all Jesus-followers as ministers under the covering of 1 Corinthians 4:1-7, 2 Corinthians 3:6, and 2 Corinthians 6:4.
‘Cause when we put them together, we discover…
- Every Christian is a servant in ministry.
- Whether we’re consultants, salesman, doctors, nurses, lawyers, accountants, teachers, journalists, designers…whether we’re a combo platter of diverse professionals and/or have liturgical responsibilities…God has made us sufficient to be ministers of life through His Spirit.
- By our effort and endurance, we can demonstrate the power of God operating in and through us by reflecting His heart of love, purity, patience, kindness to the lost/broken/backslidden, etc.
So when you think about it, getting caught up in ranking standards with a “This person has more weight because ‘this’…’ …or “That person has it easy because ‘this’…’ attitude makes no sense ‘cause the reality is we all have a calling and a purpose for such a time as this...
...not to mention...
For me, the real question comes back to: are we being faithful to walk what God has called us to walk…and are we going to do so with an appreciation for the diversity by which God has fashioned us?
I’ll just let the mic drop there. ;)
So hopefully this ties up some loose ends. If not, feel free to shoot us a comment below...or drop us a personal message if you prefer the confidential route.
At any rate, we’d love to hear from you. ‘Til then, be strengthened, encouraged, and challenged to live as Christ.
Know we’re with you every step of the way.
- A fair angle when looking to simplify
- After all, we live and grow in stride…and in seasons. Where God has you today may look totally different tomorrow.
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