Our calling

Photo compliments of Pamela Logan

Photo compliments of Pamela Logan

Like many of us, I have struggled to find my calling in life.  This is no longer the case.  I came across a very clear word that describes my calling, my purpose, my vision for life.  I believe that it is also applicable to all of us, especially those who are followers of Christ.   The Apostle Paul makes it very clear what all Christians are called to do:

For you were called to freedom, brothers.  Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.  For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 5:13-14 (ESV)

It is very simple, I am called to serve one another through love.  Caring for the needs of others.  I am free because of my status in Christ, and I am to use that freedom not for selfish gain and vain ambition, but to serve those around me – my neighbors – “the people that I meet each day” (as the Sesame Street song goes).

Who are your neighbors?  Who can you serve today? 

It doesn’t have to be these grandiose mission trips and epic rehabilitation projects.  We are called to help each other in simple acts of kindness and caring – picking up trash along the road, bringing over a meal to a shut in, holding the door for an elderly lady to make her way through, smiling and greeting someone you pass along the trail.  Small acts add up.  Thousands of acts of service over a lifetime add up to an epic impact in our world.

What can you do today to serve those in your world?

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