In Ephesians 4:1, the Apostle Paul emphatically encourages the early Christians, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Is he speaking to me? Is he speaking to you?
Few spiritual matters have given us as much pause as the subject of one’s call.
Why am I here? How am I supposed to live out this life God has given me? Is one’s calling specific or general? Is calling reserved just for the clergy or is it something that everyone can discover? Is it about job and career path or more about your role in life regardless of where you work? How can I gain clarity about my call? Can you be called to more than one thing?
Here are two verses to ponder where Paul urges us to live a life worth of the calling we have received. :
It is God who is producing in you both the desire and the ability to do what pleases him. Phil. 2:13
Examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good. I Thess. 5:21
For the next four weeks, we will consider God’s calling upon our life as we are led in a new worship series, “Called.”
Each week, we will consider a different piece of the puzzle of discovering our calling.
As a part of the series, we will consider the call of the laity in the life of the church. November 19 will be Laity Sunday when we enjoy the leadership of the laity in worship. Also in November, you will have the opportunity to sign up for different ministries as we consider our calling as a congregation.
We all have a calling in life! Sometimes frustrating, often joyful, occasionally confusing. But regardless, the journey of discovering the call can lead us all the closer to the one who is the source of our calling.
May we find ourselves even closer to God in the coming weeks.
All Saints Sunday
The Call of those Who Have Gone Before Us
Those who have gone before us heard the call to follow, to have faith, and to step out in faith
even though they did not know what the future held. Their example inspires us to do the same.
Here I Am
1 Samuel 3:1-18
How do we discern God’s call upon our life?
The Call of the Laity
1 Peter 2:5-9
The priesthood of all believers.
The call of the laity is just as distinct as the call to be a pastor.
There is a call to love, show compassion, sacrifice, evangelize, and to help build the kingdom of God
Answering the Call
2 Timothy 1:9-12
God has a purpose for each of our lives.
Are we willing to trust God enough to live into this purpose?
9 God is the one who saved and called us with a holy calling. This wasn’t based on what we have done, but it was based on his own purpose and grace that he gave us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 Now his grace is revealed through the appearance of our savior, Christ Jesus. He destroyed death and brought life and immortality into clear focus through the good news. 11 I was appointed a messenger, apostle, and teacher of this good news. 12 This is also why I’m suffering the way I do, but I’m not ashamed. I know the one in whom I’ve placed my trust. I’m convinced that God is powerful enough to protect what he has placed in my trust until that day. 2 Timothy 1:9-12