Using Ephesians 4.1 as his base text today, Ed M. focuses in his devotional on the holy life required by Christ’s call.
A Roman philosopher said, “It is useful for the public good when people believe themselves to be born of the gods.” Why? In so doing “they will pursue worthy enterprises more earnestly.” Should not such a perception draw the children of God away from what is base? Should it not inspire them toward noble thoughts and holy deeds?
Focus question: Where does the concept of calling appear in the NT? How should it shape our behavior?
Ed M. considers our calling, based on Isaiah 6.8:
God calls. The Lord is not dead. He has not retired. He is not silent. He actively invites us to enter His service, to deliver His message. When He calls, we should immediately jump to our feet and do what He says, Mark 10:49,50.
In 1984 I was explaining in a Bible class about how great was the need for workers in the world and how few we were sending. A brother asked, “What can we do? How can we reverse this situation?” I paused, looked at him, and said, “Send your children.” The silence was deafening.
Focus question: How am I reacting to God’s call today?