Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Recognizing the call

Today’s Reading: John 21:12 (NIV)

12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask Him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

Good morning!

I’ve been wrestling with the differences between capability and call. I’ve met a lot of truly capable people in life. These are the folks who are well educated, deeply devoted and extremely motivated by the work they have been given to do. Most are relentless in their determination to effect change, to do the right thing, and to see some sort of measurable success through their tireless effort. They are certainly capable of making a difference in the world.

Being called is such a different thing. When someone is called to come, they may not have a slick resume in their back pocket or several degrees to use as collateral of proof in their willingness to serve. If we take a closer look at the disciples who were called to come to breakfast with Jesus, we can see their obvious diversity in education, stature, and gift mixes. We wonder why Jesus specifically decided to call them. They were ordinary people, just like you and me, with an extraordinary love for the Lord.

Is answering the “call” enough to equip us for vocational service to the Lord? How do we know and recognize the call when it comes?

It was an interesting turn of events in the lives of the disciples. When Jesus called them to come and follow Him some three years before, they left their livelihood and families behind, to follow Christ on the journey of a lifetime. They went, out of curiosity, a deep desire and strong conviction that this was what they were meant to do. Along the way, the disciples, listened, questioned, and were totally confused by most of what the Master taught. When Jesus was crucified, they ran and hid in fear and grief. Even when Jesus had told them He must die and rise again, they did not understand. And when the Lord began to appear to them after the resurrection, they did not recognize His voice at first.

But this time was different. The call was clear. They knew and recognized the Lord immediately; and readily accepted His invitation to breakfast.

Is the Lord calling you to come to breakfast today? Have you heard and recognized His distinct voice calling you? Do not hesitate to respond. He sees the potential of who you are; what He will do in your life is greater than anything you could possibly imagine. You can learn how to become capable in ministry. Recognizing and answering Christ’s call is the most important step you will take.

It is time for breakfast with the Lord and He is calling you today to join Him. Won’t you come?

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO



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