Sunday, October 17, 2010

Ek Kaleo

I find myself feeling rusty at the keyboard, out of practice, unsure if I still know how . . . wondering many things I don't want to give words to for fear of sounding pathetic.  But the truth I am wrestling with will not let me leave it at that!  I am made for more than self-doubt and fear of failure--both are born of pride and neither is at home in the heart of anyone who is both image-bearer and daughter of the one true God.

Esther and Isaiah are on my mind as I write.  Esther, an ordinary Jewish girl suddenly found herself in the palace of a foreign king, about to be his new queen.  She believed Mordecai when he told her she was made "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14 NIV) She risked everything to save her people, and DID.  Isaiah the prophet found himself face to face with the pre-incarnate Christ, and said "Here am I, send me." (Isaiah 6:8 NIV)  The mind-blower is that Isaiah didn't even know what the mission was when he committed himself to take it on!!

I too am called to greatness in my own time.  There is a call on my life, right here, right now.  While I may never know the specific nature and duties of my call before they are required, I do know that I am called to be God's girl in my place and time in history.  I, like Esther, am made "for such a time as this."   

So are you!  

That truth puts each of us squarely in a position of great responsibility!

I must
believe that
in order
to act
like that!

I need to get it really and truly into my head, my heart, my whole being, that I am "ek kaleo," that is, CALLED OUT.  In God's design and enablement, I am CALLED to be a powerhouse of dynamic impact, and that is what I CAN be if I will abandon my own thoughts and stumbling blocks.  I don't have to know all the details of where God is taking me, I just need to put one obedient foot in front of the other, taking the steps He directs me to take, one at a time.

The most loving thing I can do for God, for my family, for my world and for myself is to 


"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
         I have called you by name; you are Mine!" 

What do you think it means to LIVE CALLED?
What characterizes a life of CALL-ED-NESS?
What are some practical ways to get knowledge of the CALL into our everyday thinking?

1 comment:

Kath said...

thanks for the challenge to live called, shaunie. i like that.


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