The school observed Labor Day by taking the day off from school. As Christians, we have a Biblical perspective on labor and our various callings in which we serve God and our neighbors.
An often overlooked section in Luther’s Small Catechism is the Table of Duties. There we find a listing of Bible passages that address the various callings of Christians that are lived in every day. The various holy orders and positions include: bishops, pastors, and preachers; laity; civil government; citizens; husbands; wives; parents; children; laborers; employers and supervisors; youth; widows; and, everyone.
God’s Word informs various callings in life and how we are to live within those callings. For instance, I am a son who is to honor my mother and father according to the command, “honor your father and your mother.” At the same time, I have sons and daughters who have responsibility to honor their mother and me.
As a pastor, I am to hear God’s Word: “the overseer is to be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, etc.” [1 Timothy 3:2 ff] I also have other pastors to whom I am responsible; God’s Word speaks to me and others: “respect those… who are over you in the Lord…” [1 Thess 5:12]. As a citizen, the Scriptures say, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” [Matt 22:21]
As a husband to my wife, Julia, God’s Word says to me: “love your wife…” [Col. 3:9]. I am a father and therefore God says, “bring [your children] up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” [Ephesians 6:4] God’s Word has established various callings as good and right. God has established church, government, and household and gives them to us for our benefit.
As Christians who have been called to believe in God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – we are to see the various callings God has given to us as His gifts to us with duties. It is good for us to remember our identity in Christ as individual members of His Body, the Church. As born from above – washed – Christians we live in this fallen world but we are not of this world. At home, we gather together in familial service to one another: eating together, praying together and resting together.
Our service within our various vocations can be summarized with this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Let each his lesson learn with care, and all the household well shall fare.”
Pastor Kieser, Headmaster