I recently had a conversation with some peers of mine in which we discussed the trouble with Christians’ misunderstanding of vocation. My friend broke down the ideology like this-people think that if you want to be a “good” Christian, you’ll go to church; if you want to be a “great” Christian, you’ll be a pastor; and if you want to be the “best” Christian, you’ll be a foreign missionary. These vocations themselves are not misunderstood, but rather the meaning of vocation itself. Christians need to remember that a vocation strictly involved in mission work, foreign or domestic, is not the only option for “true” Christians. Our vocation is not a measuring rod for our righteousness. Our righteousness is found in Christ, through the washing of His blood (Titus 3:4-7). Fredrick Buechner wisely advised that, “vocation is where our greatest passion meets the worlds greatest need.”
In addition to deciding on a career based on where our interests and talents meet the worlds needs, we must keep in mind that Christ does not call us to create a Utopia on earth. We are called to keep our eyes on Him and store up treasures in heaven (Matthew 7:19-21). Our chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. We accomplish this by using our talents to impact those around us for the glory of His kingdom, instead of a manmade kingdom on earth.