Importance determines

“Throughout people’s lives, God calls them to Him. He uses good and bad situations and people’s weaknesses and strengths to bring them by life’s end to the realization that He should be the most important person to them. God is not an egotist, but His importance in people’s lives determines whether or not they become who He wants them to be.”

—S. Kughn, Heart Tree for Empty Nesters, pp. 26-27.

Energized to fulfill His calling

Ed M.’s devotional today focuses on the prophet Ezekiel, especially Ezek 1.3: “The hand of the Lord was upon him.”

The Lord was with the prophet. He promises to be with us. He will make His home in us. “If anyone loves Me,” Jesus affirmed, “he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him,” John 14:23. We have a close connection—an intimate friendship—with the Lord, I John 1:3; Revelation 3:20. Should that not energize us to fulfill His calling.

The verse quoted above is one of my favorites.

Focus question: How do you remain energized in order to fulfill God’s calling?

They stole the word ‘ministry’

The flame of God’s service, from 2 Timothy 1.6, is the focus of today’s devotional by Ed M. The call must ever be heard. (“Ministry” in today’s religious language has been co-opted by professionals. We are all ministers, only some of us serve in different functions.) God calls all his people to serve his mission. The church is about souls. We must never lose sight of that. We must constantly fan the flames of this privilege of participating with God in the rescue of mankind. Whatever our drawbacks or disadvantages — and Timothy had plenty of them — we are not exempt. No woman or man can run from it and be faithful to the calling.

Focus question: What do I need to do to keep the fire of zeal hot for serving God?