Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1
God has called me to be a pastor. It says so right on the certificate on my office wall. I have been certified to receive a divine calling into the Office of the Holy Ministry from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. I have received a Divine Call from the Holy Spirit through the people of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois to be a pastor.
I have also received a “calling” to be Nancy’s husband. I have that certificate as well. It’s in our wedding album – a very beautifully decorated photo album that I admit that I haven’t looked at much since the first week in September 1991.
I have also received a calling to be Eddie, Kurt, and Mark’s father. I have those certificates as well – the ones that state I’m their father and Nancy is their mother.
I have received a calling to be Bob’s brother. I don’t have a document for that, but if you ever saw us together, it would be clear to you that we are brothers.
I have received a calling to be Pam’s and Ed’s son. I recently received a certified copy of that certificate.
So, right there it looks like I have five callings. That’s a lot of responsibility and duties for one man, don’t you think?
I was thinking about this the other day. I think that God has called me to be just one thing. His man. His True Man. Through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, I am a True Man of God. Not perfect. Not even “pretty good,” but “True” in the sense that I am a man of the one True God. The Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ shines in my life – and that is my calling.
Yet, like one ray of light that shines through a prism is separated into several distinct rays of color, so is my calling to be a true man of God. His light shines in my life and, as He calls me to be His man, I have distinct colors – son, brother, pastor, father and husband. Not five different callings, but one calling that is seen in distinct ways.
I am called to be a true man of God – a man after His own heart – and through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life I am striving to live my life worthy of that calling.
How about you?
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