I know I should probably apologize for this post’s title but I just couldn’t resist it, and as I obviously did it on purpose, an apology would be at best disingenuous . . . so I won’t.
But besides pulling the nose of language purists* everywhere what could be going on here? This week’s sermons are my attempt to help us take seriously the notion that God still calls people today. We tend to think of God’s calling(s) as limited to calling Samuel or Moses or Paul or Martin Luther or Billy Graham or, or, or, the list goes on and on but it never has the name of an “ordinary” person on it. God does still call people today. God has never stopped calling people. First and foremost, he calls all people everywhere to accept his offer of a relationship with him through Jesus Christ. For some, this may be a peculiar expansion of the notion of “call” but that first call is as real as Samuel hearing his name or Paul getting knocked off his horse. It is in the context of that first call that we get additional calls. To be sure, some of these calls are to big and dramatic things but most of our calls are to be the people we were created to be, to minister to others, to be the hands and feet of God, to care for others knowing that as we do so we are caring for Jesus also.
So, all that to say, don’t minimize those moments when you feel that you should talk to that person or do whatever it is that seems to come from someone outside of yourself, there is a very good chance it is God calling . . . for reals.
Knox Presbyterian’s download link Does God still call?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian’s download link Does God still call?
*I am former (recovering?) member of that particular group so I know what I did there 🙂