What is Your Role?
Pastor Tom concluded his sermon Sunday (listen to the entire message here) with a question, “what roles are you fulfilling?” This question was in the context of the current Holy Cross sermon series “The Grand Tour.” So on this stop along the tour we consider what is it that God is calling each of us to be and do. The official term we use for this, the roles we fulfill, is vocation. Vocation can mean your career, for instance God has gifted you to be a teacher, chef, pastor or any number of things. However, it means more than just what you do for a living; it also includes your life in relation to each other. In that sense, being a parent is also a vocation as is being a son or daughter and even a friend. Ultimately though vocation is about your relationship with Christ.
With this in mind all Christians are understood as priests. We sometimes refer to this reality as the priesthood of all believers. You see up until the time of Jesus, God used Priests, men with a specific calling or vocation, to make sacrifices on behalf of the people. Now Jesus as the ultimate Priest made the ultimate sacrifice of himself on the cross. Peter expresses this in his first letter when he says; “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” and “but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession.” So as a part of this priesthood the sacrifice you bring is the offering of yourself, your gifts and even vocations to the one who created you and called you into his service. So when I reflect on this in my own life I am reminded of my own Grand Tour, the stops along the way where God has reminded me of my gifts and the roles to which he has called me to fulfill. In this I am reminded that sometimes these roles and even vacations change, but what doesn’t change is my standing before Jesus as one of his own possessions. With this in mind I ask each of you to wrestle with Pastor Tom’s question in light of offering yourself as a spiritual sacrifice. To consider not only the roles you are currently fulfilling, but also the roles God might be calling, even challenging you to in the future.