This October, on Reformation Sunday (October 30), will be the ushering in of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which will be a focus of the
Lutheran church throughout 2017. As part of that celebration, Wartburg
Seminary has been offering a free online course on “Call” which I have been utilizing for Bible studies.
So what is “Call?” Pastors talk about their initial call into ministry, and churches go through the call process in finding a pastor. Minor league baseball players may be called up to the majors. I have often heard about how first responders, “respond to the call.” So what is “Call?”
Simply put, it is the way in which we give glory to God in our lives. Certainly we may be called vocationally, not only as a pastor, or as a first responder, but in whatever career we have, we may feel that God has guided us to this career. And, how we perform in that career can further strengthen the sense of being called to serve others through our vocation. But call is not job-related only. We are parents. We are neighbors. We are members of a variety of communities. In all of these places where we have relationships with people and oth-er aspects of God’s creation, we are called to love and be good stewards of what God has given us.
Yes, following God’s call can be messy sometimes, but it is also glorious work, even if in the midst of gory-ness. The parent who changes a diaper may not be finding joy in the diaper itself, but is finding joy in taking care of a child. The person who has a conversation with an elderly neighbor may be neglecting some house-hold chores, but is celebrating the life of the other person. The person who volunteers with a non-profit may be giving up an evening of prime time television, but is making a difference in the lives of others.
From first responders to your first tutor. From maids to aids. From transporters to reporters. From veterans to veterinarians. In all that we do, we have the opportunity to realize that God calls us to be who God made us to be as we interact with all of God’s creation. May your receive and be blessed by your callings.