I am reading for my devotion each morning a book called, “Grace for the Moment” by Max Lucado. It is a 365 day journaling devotional. On this particular day Max was talking about how God calls us. He was saying God’s favorite word was come. This is an excerpt from his book, “And the Angels Were Silent.” As usual God did not allow me to stop when I finished this morning’s devotion. He imparted some thoughts into me.
One of the lasts statements Max makes is this one, “God is a God who calls.” I have a cell phone. Here lately I have been getting some mysterious phone numbers calling me. If I don’t know the number I don’t answer. If they want me bad enough they will leave a voice mail and I will return their call.
I am also a busy lady and can’t always get to my phone to answer it. So, sometimes I miss a call from some folks. There have been times I have missed being invited or asked to come to something because I didn’t answer as quickly as I should nor maybe not at all.
I was quickly reminded this morning that it can be the same way with my faith. Just because God calls me doesn’t mean I always respond. Sometimes I am busy and can’t answer him as quickly as I should. Or maybe I can’t get to it and I soon forgot he even called.
In the following verses it tells us God does call us.
“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”1 Peter 1:15-16 | NIV |
”He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.2 Timothy 1:9 | NIV |
“God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:9 | NIV”
So, as you can see God calls us. What God reminded me this morning is this simple fact, he calls, but I have to answer him. Ouch! I have to take the responsibility of answering him when he calls. If I don’t answer him who knows what I have missed out on. I might have missed out an opportunity to serve him, I might have missed out on the opportunity to spend time with him or just maybe he has an important message for me. If I don’t answer I have missed out. I have to answer his call to see what he has for me or wants with me. It may be nothing more than him asking me to sit still and talk with him over a cup of tea. Every time he calls it’s not necessarily a job or something to fear.
When we were not yet Christians God called us. We had to decide whether to answer his call or ignore his call hoping someday he might call back. Or maybe we were just too busy to answer and we thought we’d get to him later. We have to be careful sometimes later never comes.
The one thing I do love about my cell phone is when someone leaves a voice mail I can go back and replay it to see what it was they wanted. I can even save it so I can replay it later or as often as I need to. God does not always leave a voice mail and if he does I don’t always recall exactly what he said. I have a mind that can only recall so much and if it’s full from the day’s activities I might not even remembered he called. I don’t have built in voice mail capabilities.
The solution (which seems so simple, but isn’t) is for me to stop and answer anytime God calls. There are some numbers that call and I know to answer them immediately for whatever reason. That should be the same response when God calls me. I should immediately put the brakes on, stop, and answer the one call that can make a big difference in my life.
It amazes me how one small devotion can lead me to a life time of decisions and challenges.
I am thinking the next time God calls I won’t put him on hold, I will answer his call and I won’t depend on my mind recalling exactly what he said.
How about you? When God calls you do you answer immediately? Do you put him on hold, or ignore him for the time being or do you hope he will leave a voice mail that you may or may not remember? God calls….we must answer.
Dear God, again I thank you for teaching me, guiding me, and directing my thoughts. The next time you call I will do better about answering your call. I know I don’t have the best of memory so I will try not to rely on my mind to remind me later that I need to call you back. I love you God. I really do. Amen