Your Life's Calling
This week we in our class continued our discussion of the Catechism, looking at the latter part of the Catechism, Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, Confession/Absolution, Daily Prayers, and the Table of Duties. From church alone, most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Baptism, The Lord’s Supper, and Confession and Absolution. And we all know it’s good to pray daily, even if we aren’t familiar with Luther’s daily prayers. But I think the Table of Duties is probably the least known to most people, but they are very good and what they teach us is extremely important. So, what is the Table of Duties?
What is the Table of Duties?
If you like to read the Table of Duties, you can find them here. It’s not particularly long and worth the read. What the Table of Duties is is a list of various situations or “vocations” we find ourselves in along with what the Scriptures say about those vocations. Another way to put it is it’s a list of the various callings we all have in life, callings to be a father or mother, a son or daughter, an employee or employer, a citizen, a member of the church, etc.
Why is this important?
You see, in Luther’s day, and even in many ways today, the people thought of church work as what it means to live a truly holy life. It was monks and priests and Bishops who were living holy lives serving God and the rest of society were on some lower level doing all kinds of spiritually meaningless things, like working and raising a family. Luther turned all that on its ear! He rejected the idea that being monks and priests were somehow more holy callings than being mom or dad or working hard in the fields all day.
The Table of Duties is the expression of that in the Small Catechism. Your being a parent is a calling of God and carrying out that job is a holy and noble thing. Similarly, working faithfully at your job, doing your best, is a calling. Employing people and treating them people of God is a holy calling. It’s not in just in the spectacular missions that we serve God and which are super holy; rather it’s more often in the mundane parts of our lives where we faithfully serve God and each other that live out a holy life of faith.
What are your callings?
I encourage you to read the Table of Duties and reflect on them. Then, as you go through the next several days, consider what the callings of your life are and how you can be engaging in those callings in service the the Lord and those around you. These are acts of worship.
Share Your Thoughts:
- What are some of the callings (or vocations/duties) that you see in your life?
- Have you ever thought of these callings as ways to serve God?
- How does seeing the mundane aspects of your life as callings change how you view them or do them?