Today’s Scripture Selection: Ephesians 4:1-5
“As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”
Ministers, at least the good ones, spend a fair amount of time thinking about their calling. They regularly examine whether they are fulfilling their vocational calling; and whether they are still fulfilled doing it. They look at how close they feel to the original sense of purpose they once had; and how it has changed as their lives have changed. They prayerfully ask themselves – as honestly as they can – if they are in line with God’s will for their lives.
But what about those who have not been officially ordained and “called” to be in ministry?
Well, I think it is just as important for these individuals to think about their calling.
We all have gifts; we all have unique personalities; we all have strengths; and we all have weaknesses. God knows all about that.
And God calls each of us to take what we have been given and who we are – and put it into service in His name. The old term for this is “vocation”.
So – what’s your vocation? What is God calling you to do – at this point in your life’s journey? Are you satisfied or frustrated; clear or confused about it? Are you just finishing one part of it – ready for a little R&R – or are you just beginning a fresh, new, exciting part of the journey?
Prayerfully ask God to show you where you are – and where God wants you to go next.
And your “calling” as a servant of God will grow and grow in grace and meaning – every single day.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for calling me into service in your name. Lead me and guide me. And may the glory and honor be yours. AMEN.