“You are a…priesthood.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
In his book, Habits of the Heart, sociologist Robert N. Bellah describes three attitudes people have toward their work. The first group treats it as a job. When you do this, you see it strictly as a way to make money and pay the bills. Like the bumper sticker says, “I owe, I owe, so it’s off to work I go,” but if your main focus is on what you receive from your work, you’ll most likely come to resent it. The second group approaches work as a career. Here your motivation will be higher, but your focus is on advancement and prestige. That means, however, when your career isn’t going well it can feel like your self-worth is on the line. The third group sees their job as their calling. Now, logically speaking, if there’s a “calling” there must be someone making the call, right? That someone is God. You’re not the “caller,” you’re the “call-ee,” and any work that has meaning that can be a blessing to people and fulfills His purposes, is a calling.
A doctor or pastor might get sucked into treating work solely as a means of making a good income, therefore they see it as just a job. On the other hand, a garbage collector may view what he does–making the world a cleaner place–as a calling. We’re not downgrading the importance of those who stand in pulpits and preach, we’re upgrading the importance of those who serve God forty hours a week in other jobs. Bottom line; when the job’s done well, both will hear the commendation, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)
This message taken from: Daily Devotional – The Word For You Today