Let yourself become open to God and the knowledge that comes from the Word. Ask God for peace at this time.
Galatians 2:1-10 (NRSV)
Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up in response to a revelation. Then I laid before them (though only in a private meeting with the acknowledged leaders) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running, or had not run, in vain. But even Titus, who was with me, was not compelled to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. But because of false believers secretly brought in, who slipped in to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might enslave us— we did not submit to them even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might always remain with you. And from those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those leaders contributed nothing to me. On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel for the circumcised (for he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles), and when James and Cephas and John, who were acknowledged pillars, recognized the grace that had been given to me, they gave to Barnabas and me the right hand of fellowship, agreeing that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. They asked only one thing, that we remember the poor, which was actually what I was eager to do.
Calling is a word that I remember hearing quite often as I was growing up. Youth conferences always had a time to come forward if you felt that you were being called to serve in ministry. Usually this meant becoming a pastor, but some people opened that calling up for youth ministers and missionaries. Everyone was either called to do “church work” or they were meant to have a secular job. However, I have come to understand that all Christians are called to do God’s work, but that doesn’t mean that all Christians have been called to work in a church.
Paul described his own calling in this passage. He said, “I had been entrusted with the gospel for the uncircumcised” and “he who worked through Peter making him an apostle to the circumcised also worked through me in sending me to the Gentiles.” The same God who worked through Peter and Paul, giving them very specific callings, is also calling and working through all believers today. Some believers are entrusted to share God’s love with those who are homeless. Others are called to minister to those who are sick, elderly, children, professionals, physical laborers, etc. When we learn to recognize our personal calling, whether it be our daytime job or our passion, we are doing our part to further God’s kingdom on earth.
God, we seek your kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven. Help us to do our part to bring your kingdom on earth by spreading your message and sharing your love with all people we encounter. Speak loudly and clearly so that we cannot miss where you are calling us to go and who you are calling us to serve. Give us courage to do your work whatever and wherever it may be. Amen.