Growing up I used to think that to be a good Christian you had to be in “ministry”. I thought one’s who weren’t were just JV Christians. I thought that to be really on God’s good side you needed to be a pastor, theologian, or priest. You could maybe be a bible study leader, but that was pushing it. It was almost not holy enough. Being a bible study leader was like being on the swing team in high school sports (where you’d play on JV but sometimes get the privilege of sitting on the bench of Varsity).
It was until I actually opened the scriptures for myself I saw something quite different.
Peter was a fisherman.
Paul was a tentmaker.
In fact, there is almost little to no record the first two hundred years of Christianity that someone switched vocations (unless their vocation directly violated scripture like prostitution, sorcery, etc) after they began to follow Jesus. Since Christians were persecuted they simply stayed in whatever vocation they were in order to provide for the family, and then maybe led or pursued other titles in the underground church. But for the most part if a blacksmith became a Christian, he stayed a blacksmith (For more on this, check out this book). The only difference is instead of being a blacksmith to the glory of himself, he began to be a blacksmith to the glory of God.
1st Corinthians 10:31 couldn’t be more clear.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”