“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.”Ephesian 1:3
Were you the kid that was always picked first to be on a team? Or were you the one who was the last one chosen?
Can you imagine Jesus on the playground, team captain of one of the teams for kickball? Who will he choose?
When I read the readings for today from Amos 7:12-15, Ephesians 1:3-14 and Mark 6:7-13, I’m reminded that each one of us is chosen and called. We are instructed in accordance with our gifts and talents to spread the love and goodness of our faith. Some will proclaim the Word of God by writing. Some through their voice. Others through prayer. Some may do so through their artistic talents, while others may simply do so through acts of love. Each action we take is a form of proclamation of the love of God as it is outwardly portrayed.
Ephesians 1 reminds us that we are each chosen to be holy and without blemish. St. Paul declares that God has adopted and redeemed us, that we are His beloved. He has given us wisdom and insight, making known His will to us. Most importantly, He sealed us with the Holy Spirit.
Think about that for a minute… we are each chosen, everyone on the playground, to be on Christ’s team. In order to play the game well, we each need to know the object of the game and how to play it. Perhaps this is what St. Paul is telling us about the game of LIFE. The object of the game is to be holy and without blemish. As beloved teammates we have been adopted and redeemed through the course of the game. Throughout the game we are given wisdom and insight. And right there coaching and cheering us on is the Holy Spirit.
Simple reality of our lives is that we can either choose to be on the team or not. We can choose, like Amos and the twelve Apostles and proclaim the Word of God in our words and actions or we can ignore the call to do so.
We are each unique for a reason. We each have various gifts and talents. God is calling us to use them in various ways to fulfill His will in our lives and others. He is sending us out to play the game with our amazing teammate and coach on our side. Will we answer God’s call like Amos and the twelve Apostles even when it’s uncomfortable?
Lord, today I come to You accepting Your will for me. May I not only heed Your Word but may I also go out and proclaim it through my presence and actions. Amen