“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 HCSB
Inherited from Martin Luther before them, the Puritans further developed the Doctrine of Vocation. They made revolutionary claims that helped everyday people know their worth in an otherwise stifling, class-bound society. Based on 1 Corinthians 10:31, they claimed no work was higher than another, that a farmer milking a cow pleased God just as much as a Church leader serving a congregation. They argued what mattered was not the nature of the work, but the nature of the one doing the work and how the work was done. Was the person working out of selfish ambition, or living according to Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ.”
As Jesus’ father was a carpenter, he likely learned the trade in his early years and only began public ministry in his early thirties when he was baptized. Even then, God said, “This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!” Matthew 3:17
Find comfort in the doctrine of vocation derived from the Word of God. Do not let the world tell you your work is pointless. Whatever you’re doing today, with the right condition of your heart, know you can please God to the utmost. You matter to the master designer of the universe!
This transfers over to strength & conditioning as well. You don’t have to make the highlight reel on ESPN, compete in elite competition, or lift the most weight to glorify God. God is pleased and glorified through your hard work and stewardship of all God’s given you. Press on family and friends, fight the Good Fight wherever God has you!
Adapted with permission from CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Martin Medina, Moreno Valley, CA.