Dec. 16: Obedience to follow the call
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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)