Today's Scripture Reading
8 The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
1 Corinthians 9:16
16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
I am the old man of the DisciplesNet team. I appreciate that most of the others kindly call me “tribal elder.” I am absolutely awed by the preaching ability of our ministers who are recent seminary grads and have only a little experience. One of the most moving sermons I’ve heard in years was recently given by a DisciplesNet minister preaching for the first time!
Twice in recent weeks I have had a conversation with a younger colleague on the subject of “butterflies;" or being excessively nervous before preaching. The Bible is full of examples of those being called to preach, or serve God in other ways, being intimidated, nervous, or downright terrified by the call and the task. The quote from Amos above is a classic. God called him. He believed he had about as much choice in the matter as you or I would have choice whether or not to fear when confronted by a roaring lion!
The call of God is not only to those who preach out loud and lead worship. God calls each of us to serve in different ways. Sometimes that call seems to fit with our talents and inclinations, and we follow with joy. Sometimes the call demands we do something that makes us uncomfortable. Sometimes it puts us at odds with friends and family. Sometimes it even demands real risk or sacrifice.
If such a thing ever happens to you, just remember Amos and/or Paul, above. Read the story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus chapter 3), or even the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14: 32-42). Never forget, that even if things get really tough, at least you are in good company.
Today's devotion was shared by
Rev. Bob Shaw
Southport Christian Church(Disciples of Christ), Indianapolis, Indiana