1 Corinthians 1: 1-9
There is a definite focus on “call” in today’s passage. Paul opens with his call “to be an apostle of Jesus Christ”. He then reminds the church in Corinth of their “call to be holy”, right along with all others who “call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”. This culture of call is one that is present throughout the Bible and is alive and well today.
Before Paul there is a long list of those called in the Bible. Noah was called to build an arc. Jonah was called to save Nineveh. Moses was called to lead his people. Job was called to endure much while remaining faithful. Joshua was called to lead into the Promised Land. Rahab was called to risk her life for God’s spies. Fast forward and we find simple fisherman and unpopular tax collectors alike called by Jesus. Almost all of the people that God called are much like us – normal, ordinary people. Some were even outcasts and others were hated by their siblings. Some served for just short periods and others served for years. Some were even like Paul, who as Saul killed many Christians in his attempts to stamp out the new church. The long and short of it is that God can and will continue to call any and all for service in the kingdom.
In addition to calling us, God also equips us. Paul reminds us that in Christ we have been “enriched in every way” and that we “do not lack any spiritual gift”, that God has already given us what we need for the tasks at hand. Paul then shares a promise: “He will keep you strong to the end”. And lastly, Paul shares, “He has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord”. Pretty good company as we answer God’s call on our lives.
We are each called and equipped by God to go forth into the world with Jesus Christ. May we faithfully answer the call this day.