The Christian Calling

March 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The season of Lent is a time to reconsider our calling in life.  Jesus’ journey to the cross is also our journey of hearing and obeying Jesus’ call to take up our cross and follow Him.  In following Jesus, we learn to obey the call of the Father as Jesus did.  What that call entails already became clear in God’s call to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-4a. It consists of a calling, a promise, and an answer.  The calling:  “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you” (12:1).  The nature of our Christian calling is to be called out of our comfort zones to places where we don’t even know yet.  That is both the adventure and the risk of the calling.  But it is only an adventure if we learn to give up our urge to be in control of the future, and it always has the risk involve that we will be taken somewhere where we really did not want to go.  The promise:  “…I will bless you… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (12:2-3).  The comforting aspect of our Christian calling is that God will always provide what we need to be equipped for the journey.  But the real crucial aspect of that promise is that God’s blessing on the journey is not meant to make us self-sufficient, but to go through us to other people.  The answer:  “So Abraham left, as the Lord has told him” (12:4a).  What is your answer?

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