God calls, we respond. While our response varies, it in no way lessons the call of God on our life. We are all called according to His purposes. It is a call that beckons us to participate more fully into the life of Christ.
We are to remember our call, consider our call, reflect upon our call, and to live into our call. Saddest are we if we forget who we are called to be.
I personally believe the situation surrounding our call, or significant God moments, are important in identifying the trajectory of our call in Christ. A friend of mine, for example, can’t get enough liturgy. He loves the altar and finds himself doing what he was born to do when he is celebrating the Holy Eucharist. One day I asked him what was going on when he had his first God encounter. No surprise to me. It happened at a High Church Communion service in a German Cathedral. He didn’t understand a word, but the Spirit was speaking loudly. Today he is a priest and – while the specifics of his call have toggled here and there – he is living fully within the trajectory of his original call.
Honor God’s call isn’t always fun. It involves making educated decisions, investments, and sacrifices – all of which keep us in the sweet spot of his favor.
Neither is idea of calling stagnant. It is always morphing, always expanding, always growing outward from the roots of the original call. Through it all, however, the original DNA of the call of Christ in our life, will be unchanged.
Call is individual, as well as corporate. I am called to “such and such.” In addition, we as church are called to “such and such.” There is a mysterious overlapping of calls in the most precious fellowship of saints.
As we embark on this new season at St. Timothy’s I invite you to recall and consider your own [personal] call – your baptism, conversion, significant God encounters and fruitful experiences highlighting your life. And, of course, I encourage to recall and consider our community calling as well.
What are our roots?
Where have we been?
Where are we now?
What decisions, investments, actions and sacrifices do we need to embrace in order to remain consistent with the call of of God over this community of Faith?
Holy Spirit, give us power and grace to walk out the love of God you placed in our hearts. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.