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Ever thought about *your* calling?

June 8, 2014
We are all called to service in the Body of Christ.  Aren’t we?  There are three “great” things Jesus Christ told us to do before He departed; two are in the Greatest Commandments (Matthew 22:36 ff.):  ““You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The third is found in the Great Commission (Matthew 28: 19-20):  “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, 20i teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  Just three things.  The folks at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, MD capture it like this:  “Love God  Love others  Make disciples”.
That’s it.  That’s what we do, as Christians.  Love God.  Love others.  Make disciples.
I’m going to be bold, and say that, no matter who you are in the Body of Christ, those three things are enjoined on you from the lips of Christ Himself.  Love God (How? See John 14:21, for example).  Love others (John 15:13).  And make disciples.
Most of us manage to either pull those first two off, or to recognize clearly that we fail at it, whether accidentally or on purpose.  At its most basic, sin is a failure to either a) love God, or b) be selfish (love ones neighbor less than oneself).
But what about that “Make Disciples” thing?  That sounds…weird.  And strange to a Catholic ear.
And that’s some of what we will discuss at our June 21 retreat, “Dare To Be A Disciple“.
Because we have no real choice, y’all.  We are all called to Make Disciples.
The Holy Spirit arms us with the spiritual gifts we need.  Does every Christian have all the gifts?  NO!  No more than the eye has the ability to walk, or the hand to see, no one of us has every gift.  But as a Body of Christ, we are “Jesus with skin on” to the world around us (h/t to Memphis SEARCH).
The Holy Spirit is stirring the Church.  He’s blowing across your doorstep, blowing in your windows.  He’s rising the roof on the Church.  The Apostles, and the others with them in the Upper Room sure felt it.  And the world has never been the same.  They went out, preaching the Gospel and making disciples.  and here we are today, following in their footsteps.
Let go, y’all.  Let the Holy Spirit take over for a bit.
“Come Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the Fire of your Love…”

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