Prepare yourself to discern what is and what is not of God today. Still yourself so you can hear how God is calling you.
Mark 1:16-20 (NRSV)
As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.
In our Confession of Faith, 6.11, it states “The motive for Christian stewardship is the gratitude for God’s abundant love and mercy, accompanied by the desire to share all of God’s good gifts with others.” We hear the call of the Holy Spirit in our lives and we desire to answer that call to use our gifts for others because we have received abundance from God and respond in gratitude for it.
Answering a call from God is not a duty or a task. It is gracious pull to share what we have experienced with others. No wonder Jesus was spreading the Good News that God’s Kingdom has come near! No wonder the disciples immediately dropped everything to follow Jesus! The urge to answer the call is a powerful one.
O God, I open myself to you. All that I have and don’t have is because of your abundant love and mercy. Help me to listen carefully to you and feel the guidance of the Holy Spirit so I may not miss your call to me. Give me the courage to answer as the disciples did, without hesitation and with abundant energy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Go with God!