“God does not call the qualified; God qualifies the called.” I felt God was calling me to be a leader in our district, but I was having second thoughts about running for office. I was afraid to step up. I didn’t think I was capable. Yet hearing these words, I felt the Holy Spirit giving me courage.
[Rely] on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace.
2 Timothy 1:8b–9a (NRSV)
Only a day later, I hesitated once again. During the evening service, all those who wanted to serve the Lord in new ways were invited to come up front to receive blessings; but my feet were firmly planted where I stood. I wondered, How can I lead these young people? Yet even before I finished my question, God used one of my church friends to give me a little push; and I walked to the front. Now God is continually showing me that stepping out of my comfort zone is worth it. As I serve God in new ways, I am experiencing God’s love and power in exciting new ways in my own life.
WE ARE CALLED:
By Christ we are called
to heal the broken, to liberate the oppressed
to live in simplicity, to love unconditionally
to be prophets and peacemakers,
to be servants and friends,
to embrace in community, to sing out for joy.
How will you answer?
Hope Harle-Mould [Kenmore, New York]