This is the third in a series of posts about focusing on the Kingdom of God rather than just on the local church.
When we focus on our church we tend to narrow how people live out their calling. When we focus on the Kingdom we free people to embrace a variety of ways to live out their calling.
When it is all about our church the only calling that matters is the call to vocational ministry. When the focus is on the Kingdom every vocation is a calling to advance the Kingdom. Sometimes I think that we do not need more ministers, we need more Godly school teachers, nurses, doctors, restaurant workers, police officers, welders, and business people.
We know that the Bible teaches that all Christians are “called” to be set apart for God’s work. We see this over and over in the writings of Paul:
To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people. Romans 1.7
When we focus on the Kingdom, we realize that God wants to use whatever vocation you are in to advance his Kingdom. This is your calling!
I have had two different friends who are in “the ministry” who for a period of time worked at Starbucks. Both of them told me that they were able to do a lot more ministry at Starbucks than they ever did in the church. Why do we only “ordain” vocational ministers? We are ALL called to advance God’s Kingdom.