The Story of Your Life Week 5: Called to Speak God’s Word
Dear brothers and sisters,
God is the main author of our story; we are co-authors with him. During the first four weeks of this series, we’ve looked at how we view and pray about our own story for ourselves. In these last two weeks of the series we’re going to look at how our story can have an impact for God’s glory and for the benefit of others. God places a high value on “callings” in his great story of salvation. We find great call stories in the Bible of figures such as Abraham, Moses, Jeremiah, and Peter, and Paul. In all of these callings God gives people a job to do. For example, from Jeremiah we hear, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jeremiah 1:4). Before we were born, God already has a story for all of us, a role to play in his great story. The role of “prophet” is not something that only Jeremiah is called to – but every Christian is called to the same thing. In baptism we are priests, prophets, and kings, and as prophets we are to speak God’s word into people’s lives. Through our lives, we are all called to bring God’s message of love, reconciliation, and mercy to others. This can happen though both spoken word and the example of our lives.
There are so many moments in my life that have led me to my calling as a priest and a pastor. I remember in college, when I was pre-Med, I would volunteer in a local ER. One time, the doctor asked me to help him as he was putting stitches in someone with a bad head wound. All I had to do was hold down a cloth as he worked, and as I was looking at the wound I started to sweat and to get light-headed. The doctor told me to get out of the way and have a seat. That was one moment among others that I realized I was not called to be a doctor! Later, I realized that this was part of my preparation to become a “doctor of souls.” On the other hand, I can remember numerous moments in my past in which the seeds of my calling as a preacher and teacher were being planted.
God wants you to be a prophet, wherever you are you have an opportunity to speak God’s word; and through your story, God wants to bring others to him. What was the context you grew up in, your talents and gifts, your work or home situation, that are a kind of “platform” to share God’s word? Questions for reflection:
Why is it important that we consult God for the roles we play in life, rather than allow other people to dictate them to us?
How can you use your gifts and abilities to draw people closer to him?
What is your reaction to being called a “prophet?” What are your opportunities to speak God’s word into other people’s lives?