December 16, 2010

Dec. 16: Obedience to follow the call

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By Ashley Walker, a senior music education major from Kirklin, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:1-7 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Have you ever felt called to do something? As a college senior, I have spent four years thinking that I couldn’t wait to be a music teacher. But recently I have felt myself called to do something completely different, to go overseas and involve myself in mission work. I must note that this isn’t something that I have ever imagined myself doing until now and I can’t say that I am ready to leave the minute I graduate.

So when I read the opening words of Scripture in the Book of Romans, I am reminded of the amazing obedience of the Apostle Paul that was recorded in the Book of Acts. Paul was called by God to travel to all the Jews preaching the good news of the resurrected Christ. Thinking about this, I wonder how it is that Paul can easily drop what he is doing to go and work with God’s people, but I myself have trouble imagining taking a year off to go do service?

Obedience. God calls us all to be apostles of Christ. Now, I’m not saying that we must all devote our life to overseas missions, because that isn’t every person’s call in life, but I am saying that we should all be open to the call of God in our everyday lives. I pray that once we find this obedience inside ourselves, we will be granted the peace that Paul writes to the Romans, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

SCRIPTURE: Romans 1:1-7 (NRSV)

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ, To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Comments (7)

  1. Thank you Ashley, for sharing thoughts about your future. Going overseas for service for 2 years was one of the best decisions my husband and I ever made. We learned so much that helped us to relate to the people we would work with later. Your music training will be an asset no matter where you are called to work.

    Mary K. Mishler December 16, 2010 |
  2. Thank you, Ashley. I will ponder God’s call upon my life today. As we readers learn about your desire to follow God and we pair that with Paul’s willingness to follow, it gives us strength to walk in faith as well. Blessings to you!

    Maribeth Benner December 16, 2010 |
  3. I remember back 47 years ago being a senior in college and “the pull” of the Peace Corps to serve overseas. I thought 2 years of service would be forever, such a long commitment. In the end I sent about 16 years in East Africa from Peace Corps to missionary. And what I learned back then from those experiences has given me the insights I now use in volunteering with the current needs in my community here at home.

    Barbara A. Clark December 16, 2010 |
  4. Thank you, Ashley, for sharing these very personal thoughts about God calling you. Many others can also attest to the power of living and serving cross-culturally. Blessings as you continue to listen to God nudging you. Two or three years, in the bigger scheme of life, is not very long, but the impact can be huge, on yourself and on those with whom you serve.

    Ruth L. Guengerich December 16, 2010 |
  5. I encourage you to trust the spirit’s leading in your life.
    I was a music teacher my entire career, and felt God’s leading through my influence on my students.

    I was lead to be a ‘minister of music’ in churches and most of all by teaching at Western Mennonite school for nearly half of my career.
    God bless you as you find you place of ministry in god’s program.

    Merlin Aeschliman (a GC grad)

    Merlin Aeschliman December 16, 2010 |
  6. Bless you for your willingness to give yourself to kingdom work! God has a way of bringing all of our past training and experiences into a convergence of personal destiny and fulfillment when we seek first his kingdom.
    Sanford

    Sanford Yoder December 16, 2010 |
  7. While I don’t agree that we are all called to be Apostles (Ephesians 4:11), thank you for reminding us that we as Christians all need to pay attention to God’s call upon our lives.

    May God bless you as you continue your journey, faithfully.

    Gary Olsen-Hasek December 16, 2010 |