Our Occupational Roles, Burdens or Rewards?


For some time now, I have been wondering and pondering that with the recent chaotic events of war, illness and death, what is our role as Christians in God’s plan?

In the gospel text of the week,“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in the synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the Sabbath day. He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah. He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written: The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord”(Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21). 

Many a times, we, including myself, are conflicted with our roles in life.It confuses us because we have multiple roles in life to fulfill but the largest role of all would be our occupational roles. Due to the different roles we hold, at the end of the day, I cannot help but feel a sense of dread and heaviness from fulfilling all these roles. Quiet times are hard to come by and most of them are short-lived.

However, I look to the gospel for comfort because our fulfillment of our occupational roles is itself the mission of Jesus. Our Christian mission is to bring people to Jesus and to bring Jesus to them as well. Jesus’ occupational role is that of a teacher, and it is his interest to preach and bring the good news to people. However, he entrusts his occupational role to the Holy Spirit so that he will be guided in the right direction in making the right choices.

My primary role would be a student and each role that we hold is important even though sometimes it can be rather burdensome. I am still trying to change my perception to my roles as Jesus embraced it and bore it with such wisdom and passion. I am letting the Spirit do the guiding and prayers help me to get me by for now.

Already, the holidays are ending and I can only predict that I need to get back to my role as a student to face the incoming workload. Perhaps, our roles can be rewarding by using them to help someone or speak up for a community or social issue. Our occupational roles add value to us, the beloved creation of God. Each of us is important as our roles,no matter how small or big, adds to the grand masterpiece of God’s plan for us.

We need to discover meaning in our own roles in life and most importantly to let the Spirit of God flow within us so that we will, like Jesus, know how to use our gifts and talents in a meaningful manner which is beneficial to others. No occupational role is insignificant and we continue to pray with those struggling in their roles that God will give them strength and hope to continue the good work.

Listening to music has also helped me get through the challenges and while browsing through old songs, I found this song by The Calling titled, Our Lives that fits in with the post about making the best out of our lives through our own roles!

“Is it love tonight
When everyone’s dreaming
Of a better life
In this world
Divided by fear
We’ve gotta believe that
There’s a reason we’re here
Yeah, there’s a reason we’re here

Cause these are the days worth living
These are the years we’re given
And these are the moments
These are the times
Let’s make the best out of our lives

See the truth all around
Our faith can be broken
And our hands can be bound
But open our hearts and fill up the emptiness
With nothing to stop us
Is it not worth the risk?
Yeah, is it not worth the risk?”

To myself, keep holding on and always keep running back into the arms of God. God Bless!

Written By: Darren Chan Keng Leong






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