1. Let it go to voice mail and hope He doesn’t leave a message.
2. Answer and say “Sorry wrong number,” hang up and hope He doesn’t call back.
3. Listen to what He has to say and respond “I’ll get back to you later.”
4. Say “I’m really busy with my life right now. Work, the kids, my family, sports, line dancing, hobbies, and my current church activities keep me hopping already. Can you please call back when my life is not so crazy? Thanks, bye bye.”
5. Respond immediately, “Whatever you want, Lord” but just as quickly regret your response, knowing you have just gotten yourself even more to do.
6. You don’t get the chance to make a decision. Your life is so hectic that you don’t bother to answer. You’re in the middle of something and do not have time to pick up the phone or you do not even hear it ring above the noise.
7. Answer confidently: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:9)
How can we answer God’s call with confidence when our lives are already so full of obligations and demands on our time: work, family, friends, children, soccer practice, band rehearsals, school – the list seems endless. In addition to our grueling weekday schedules, we make time to Worship, attend Bible Study and fellowship events.
We make Worship a priority and engage fully in the Word and Sacrament. We sing our hymns, pray our prayers, listen to the Word, and experience Christ in Holy Communion. Unfortunately, many leave the sanctuary and quickly re-enter the “real world,” leaving the Good News of Jesus behind, until the next Sunday when we gather again for worship.
This “Sunday-Monday” split creates a distinct disconnect between our faith and daily lives, making answering God’s call for us to serve Him and his people seemingly an impossible task. However, understanding what it means to be “called by God” and “gifted for ministry” can help ease the tension between our faith and our daily work. In future posts, we will explore these concepts and see how they fit into God’s grand design for our life and the part we play in His glorious Kingdom on earth.
Father, we are yours. Remind us to take time to listen for your voice and respond enthusiastically “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening.” In the name of Jesus who followed your voice to the cross, we pray. Amen
© Sandi Pontious. Originally published in the Lutheran Ministry in Christ Newsletter, September 2004.