golter's musings

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • What is “Avocation”?

    November 26, 2020

    I learned a new word.


    It’s a hobby or minor occupation.

    Someone may say, "He dabbles in financial investment, but he’s not trained.”

    It’s a hobby, when there’s time.

    Now, consider the Christian and good works.

    Francis Pieper writes: “Christians should not be satisfied with having performed this or that good work, but they should become rich in good works (2 Cor. 8:7, 20; 9:8,11). They should not sit at home and wait ‘to be given opportunity’ to do good works, but they should go out and seek opportunities to do good works, they should be ‘zealous for good works’ (Titus 2:14),” (Christian Dogmatics, Vo. 3:47).

    A Christian doesn’t dabble in doing good, as a hobby.

    Rather, it’s a joyful life freed by the Gospel to serve.

    The Bible references in 2 Corinthians speak of Paul’s urging to gather offerings to help the struggling church in Jerusalem.

    The Wyoming District of the LCMS used to have a “Big Sister—Little Sister” program. The larger congregations would assist the smaller churches in their need, even financially.

    It’s simply what the Church does.

    It’s what a Christian does.

    And, we’re deeply thankful for this God-given life.

    It’s the baptismal life.

    Helping, giving, serving…it’s not an AVOCATION.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran