Calling

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“Your vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner

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Listen to my song “Pour Me Out” on YouTube by clicking HERE.

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1 Corinthians 4:1

Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

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St. Paul was preaching to the early Church community in Corinth.

He was telling them what was expected of them as believers.

Paul says they must be “servants of Christ” and “stewards of the mysteries of God.”

The message is the same for us today.

Just how can we be “servants of Christ”?

First and foremost, we must know Jesus to know how to serve him.

And the best way to get to know him is by reading the gospels and letting his words soak into your heart.

Jesus was quite clear on how to serve him: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me” (Matthew 25:35-36).

And then he made it very concise when he said, “Whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).

Note that Jesus made no judgmental stipulations as to who was worthy of helping.

As for being stewards of the mysteries of God, that requires openness and emptiness.

As scripture tells us, God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).

We must be willing to say not my will but Yours be done.

Meditation or Centering Prayer is a great help in this regard for it gives you a practice of letting go.

Then you will come to know the joy of losing your life to find it (Matthew 10:39).

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Listen to the song of the day “Pour Me Out” on the Give Praise and Thanks album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing” on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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