“Therefore I…beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” ~Ephesians 4:1-2
I’ve been wrestling with this verse this week. I’ve been getting stuck on the word ‘calling’. Calling…what does it really mean? If you would’ve asked me a few years ago, I probably would have said that this verse is only for pastors, ministers and missionaries – and for those who God has in a “specific Christian vocation”. But I’m thinking that’s not the case. This verse IS for ALL of us. We have ALL been called by God – and that call will look different for each of us, based on our unique personalities and gifts that He has given us. (Being an accountant, mother, pastor, welder, farmer, etc…). But as cool as it is to know that I have been called by God, I think the part that’s really important here is the ‘how’ – how do I live into that calling? Because no matter what our calling is, we are all to live into our call in the same way. By being…“humble and gentle…patient with each other, making allowance for each other…because of love.” The only way that I know of doing that is by staying close to Jesus, because it’s impossible to do on my own strength. Allowing Him to be the focus and most important thing in my life – and not anything else, including what He has called me to.
“People with the strongest and healthiest sense of calling are not obsessed with their calling. They are preoccupied with the Caller. With a clear vision of a good, competent and loving God before me, the significance of my own tiny part in His world is safely and manageably held.”
This weekend, Pastor Randall and some of our people from across the Covenant, will be at Covenant Bay Bible Camp for the spiritual retreat ‘Sacred Space’. Please be praying for Pastor Randall as he leads the retreat and for all those attending – for openness and a new awareness of God’s presence and love.
This Sunday during our 11:00am worship service we’re having another ‘Giving Sunday’. This month we are highlighting ‘Neighbors Outreach Wetaskiwin’ and will be hearing from Blayne about the good work that they are doing in our community. (If you’d like to financially support them, please make your cheques payable to NOW, and we’ll pass those on for you.) Join us as we gather together to worship, pray, hear God’s word and fellowship. It’s going to be a great day!
See you on Sunday!