September 18, 2008 - Thursday of the 17th Week after Trinity

Today's Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6

Daily Lectionary: Nehemiah 1:1-2:10; 1 Timothy 1:1-20

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, (Ephesians 4:1)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. A long time ago in high school, I had to take a session of career counseling. I had to input my interests and other information into a computer and it spit out a sheet that told me what careers would suit me. Aside from “farmer” and “guy who makes artificial arms and legs” the computer suggested “pilot.” And “pilot” is exactly what I wanted to be. It wasn't that hard to make the computer say what I wanted my calling to be. Now I'm a pastor. I chose pilot. The Lord chose pastor.

What will you be when you grow up? Do you do what you always wanted? Not necessarily. But the Lord will call you to do what He wants you to do. He will give you an opportunity to glorify him and serve others not only by how you make a living, but in what people he gives you too, such as a husband or wife, or kids, and so on.

The calling St. Paul is writing about, however, is the calling to be a Christian. That is calling you don't choose. You can't choose it. You are called to be a Christian because Jesus' calling was to be your Savior. At every moment of His life, Jesus was doing something toward this one goal: saving the world from sin. Everything He said and did was for that one purpose. And because He did that, you have been called into His church. You were washed at the font, joined to Jesus' cross and resurrection, and fed with Jesus, whose calling is to be your holy food.

Who knows what your calling in life will be? Who knows what the Lord will have you do? But your calling to be a Christian is for life. In that calling your “job” is to receive the good gifts Jesus has for you, over and over and over until the day you die. Your calling as a Christian is to live in your baptism, to confess your sins and receive absolution, to eat Jesus' body and blood, to hear and learn the Word of the Lord. That's a calling that goes beyond just doing a job. That's a call to life and eternal life. That's a call that is a gift. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Love in Christ is strong and living, Binding faithful hearts in one; Love in Christ is true and giving. May His will in us be done. (LSB 706:1)