When Jesus confronts you and calls you – and you respond to Him your life changes dramatically… HIS CALL IS “FOLLOW ME!” – cease your own pursuits, desires and wishes and become a devoted, obedient Christ-follower… BUT DOES YOUR VOCATION HAVE TO CHANGE?
I was reminded of that this morning during my Bible reading… Here’s Mark’s record of what happened to Simon (Peter), Andrew, James and John… “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’ At once they left their nets and followed Him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James, son of Zebedee, and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Him.” (Mark 1.16-20 NIV)
NOW IT’S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE THAT THE CALL OF JESUS MAY INCLUDE A VOCATIONAL CHANGE … for many it has. But it doesn’t necessarily have to. In fact this is what Paul, the apostle said in 1 Corinthians 7.17-24: “Each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them… Were you a slave when you were called? Don’t let it trouble you – although if you can gain your freedom, do so. For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave… Brothers and sisters, each person, as responsible to God, should remain in the situation they were in when God called them.”
So your vocation may NOT change… but for sure, it will change AVOCATIONALLY! In other words, some may continue to “support their habit” by fishing (or some other legitimate vocation) but their life pursuit – their mission, purpose and calling in life will become “fishing for people” (casting the net to bring lost people to Christ).