Identity and Call
It is a human tendency to want to share with our friends the things which we appreciate, value, or enjoy. We like to take friends to dinner at our favorite restaurant, give them the phone number of the expert and reasonable priced mechanic we have found, or loan them an interesting book we have read.
Andrews, excited that he had found the Messiah, brought his brother Simon to Jesus. Both brothers were quick to follow and answer the call of Christ: “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mathew 4:19) They changed not only their line of work, but their identities as well; they became known as his disciples.
One of the keys to our feelings of self-worth and joy is found by identifying who we are and our place in the world. As Christians, our identity is defined by Christ. We are God’s beloved creation, made whole by the life of Jesus Christ for our transgressions. We must acknowledge that identity by proclaiming, as did Andrew to his brother Simon, that Jesus is the Christ.
As we establish our identity in Christ and as we become his disciple, we too will want to call our friends to come and meet him.
—Rev. Bill Webb
- Why did you enter the job or profession in which you are working? Was it by chance, by thorough preparation and careful planning, or by a sense of call or mission?
- Who or what enticed (called) you into your present situation?
- How do you define your identity—by what you do or by who you are?
- To whom do you see yourself belonging first—to God, to spouse or family, or work?
How Do I Act?
- Examine your past, the pattern of your life, and identify times when you have felt God’s leading in a particular decision.
- List talents both large and small that God has given you. Decide how they may be used in God’s service.
- Pray that you may have a listening ear to hear God’s call in your life and service.
- Speak a word of encouragement and appreciation each week to your pastor, Sunday school teacher, choir director, or anyone who has answered a call to God’s service.