Finding our calling. It can be difficult. Tony Dungy recalls Coach Chuck Noll encouraging the Pittsburgh Steelers to search for theirs. “Football is not your life’s work,” he reminded his team. But these men were making substantial salaries working a in a field they loved. What did he mean?
I imagine Paul experienced comfort and confidence during his time with Aquilla and Priscilla as they were “of the same occupation…for they were tentmakers.” Like Noll’s Steelers however, Paul’s craft was not his life’s work. Paul had a calling on his life. Evidence is presented in v. 4, “He reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath and tried to persuade both Jews and Greeks” and v. 5 “…Paul was occupied with preaching the message and solemnly testified to the Jews that the Messiah is Jesus.”
Fishing (the first disciples), playing football, tentmaking, or success in any occupation over time could get us thinking we have identified our life’s work. Identifying a gifting which jumps us out of bed in the morning is a blessing. Using that gift as a tool to do the work of the Lord fulfills our calling. Coaching football at Calvary…thank you Jesus!