Tuesday, Dec. 16
If you are even faintly knowledgeable about the Bible you will recognize that God tapped a lot of men and women on the shoulder and gave them jobs to do. In fact, the whole nation of Israel was “commissioned.” Some responded well, albeit with weaknesses and failures—Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David. Some failed miserably—Saul, Ahab, Jezebel. All members of the Church are likewise commissioned. The point is that each of them, and each of us, have to respond to the call. Paul encourages the Ephesians in Eph. 4:1 to “live a life worthy of the calling.” This is not a calling unto salvation, but a calling to service. We are all called to a particular and vital ministry. So how will I respond? What motivates me to answer the call, to accept the assignment? If I recognize Christ as my Lord, I will do His bidding. So is it out of duty? Or is there another kind of motivation? John Piper says that we need a strong love relationship with God. If we are consumed with joy and love for God, it will automatically spill over and affect everyone around us. There are other critical issues, too—how well we respond to the indwelling Holy Spirit, how motivated we are to search the Scriptures for direction, and how serious we are about our prayer life. I’m running out of space. More tomorrow.