Monday, February 26 — Call — Mark 3:7-19a

“He went up to the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.”
    Jesus’ followers had an active calling. He called followers to learn and to go. As we become the people God intended us to be, we are tasked with the challenge to go out into our world. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if we just got to learn at Jesus’ feet without any expectations to do anything? It might be easier, but it would be far less meaningful. When we are given a calling, we are given a purpose. We are able to tap into the the ways that God has uniquely empowered and equipped us to touch the world. 
    In this Lenten season, we are invited to reflect on our relationships with Christ. We are to reflect on the ways that we have strayed from the people we have been called to be. We are followers, yes. But we are also responding to a calling to make a difference in our world. Our callings are a vital part of who we are. There is no better time to reflect on how you are fulfilling your calling. 
    When many reflect on calling, it is tempting to think that callings are only for people in religious settings. Pastors have callings but doctors have careers. This could not be farther from the truth. As we learn at Jesus’ feet, we are being equipped to change our little section of the world. We are being empowered to affect our world in a unique way through the gifts and talents given to us by God. We all have callings that fit with the great needs we find in this world. As you think about your unique calling, how are you living in to it? How are you gifted to change your part of the world? 

It is with grateful hearts that we come to you, O God. We are grateful that you empower us to partner with you in making this world a better place. Open our hearts and minds to see and hear you as you call us, for we know that it is only through your power that we can make a real difference in our world. Amen.