The Call

Monday, February 6, 2017
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Matthew 10:1 – He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (NIV)

I firmly believe in the concept of the priesthood of all believers, that all Christians have direct access to God. This also means that all Christians are given a specific calling from Christ to do His work in their own community. His ministry is expanded by what we say and do as Christians among our families, among other church members, and in the wider world. The credibility of Christianity rises or falls on how we express and display our faith to others.

When I read in today's verse about Jesus calling the first disciples, I remember that they weren't perfect and that they all had flaws. Some of them doubted, others denied Him, and one even betrayed Him. Jesus didn't choose them because they were holy; He called them because each one of them had the potential of advancing God's kingdom.

No matter who we are or what we've done, Christ calls us continually to do His work and share His ministry. Some days we get it right; other days we fail. The good thing is this: Christ is still willing to call us, day after day, because He loves us completely, forgives us totally, and restores us thoroughly to God's kingdom.

Think about your calling from Christ, and as you do this, watch and listen to a congregation from my hometown of Glasgow, Scotland, sing the beautiful modern Scottish hymn called "The Summons". You can watch it at this link.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for allowing us to be called as Your followers and servants. Wherever we go today and whoever we meet, may we positively witness to Your grace, compassion, and love. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    AMEN, John.

    Amen John. God bless.

    Beautiful singing. Thanks for link.

    Good points! Enjoyed and was blessed by the choir. Thanks!

    Thanks John, for a wonderful message. I would like to watch the video but the link is missing.

    I definitely believe in calls and glad to have that reminder as I start a busy week. Things may go wrong but I know Who is in charge.

    Thanks John for sharing this devotional and especially the link to the hymn. Totally enjoyed listening to one of my favourites. Blessings.

    Thank you very much for today’s Daily Devotion. I enjoyed the hymn so much, it is one of my favorite.
    May God continue to bless you and keep up the good work.

    Hi John. That is one of my favourites too. Seems our whole congregation like it too. It’s a familiar Hymn and they all respond to this particular one. Will request it soon. Thanks.

    Many thanks for the reminder this Monday morning and for the link to a favourite hymn sung so well by the folks in Glasgow!
    I have forwarded to other Scots.

    Thank you John for today’s devotional.
    That’s right on course with the Old Testament lessons. We learn that God uses people who have hang-ups to advance his kingdom.

    Good morning, John.
    Thank you for your most meaningful message…and listening to the congregation singing emphasized it very well.

    I really enjoyed this devotional with the music at the end.
    What a beautiful choir. Such a diverse group of people. Wonderful.
    Keep up the good work.

    Thanks for your word John and for the link that blessed me.
    And thanks to the Lord who calls us.

    Hello John,
    Thanks for your click, we enjoyed it immensely – Glasgow, Scotland. My parents also born there. I’ve passed your meditation to a few folk in our church as we are thinking outside of the box today. Our little church has started to grow with a new young pastor, new folk coming, and children. We are rejoicing as our little church came into a great legacy so this with careful planning will allow us to reach out and do some Canadian Mission work. God is so faithful.
    God Bless you in your ministry in Tennessee.
    (ON, Canada)

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