Life is a call to all, yall! When God gave you life, He called you (yes, you — the person reading this)!
We often think of a calling in life as something super special that other people get (the talented, the important, the highly intelligent, the rigorously religious). In religious circles, the concept of calling has usually been considered to be even more narrow — the call to preach.
However, if you search the Bible, you don’t find the concept of being “called to preach.” Instead the Bible presents a call that is to all — “whosoever will.” Jesus said: “Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden.”
In several places Paul of Tarsus addresses all the believers in a particular city and says that they are “called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.” So what is a saint? A saint is someone who is sanctified — set apart (called) to be holy, godly, pure, obedient to God, Christ-like — a difference-maker! (Difference-makers don’t belong on the bench but on the field making plays.)
The call to sainthood is not a special privilege just for top-notch Roman Catholics. God’s call is for every believer. The Protestant Reformers identified God’s universal call as “the priesthood of all believers.” If you have answered God’s call to follow and obey the living, resurrected Jesus Christ, then you are a priest (with or without a denomination’s or church’s ordination).
Society needs the saints to come marching in — shinning God’s light, showing God’s love, serving those with needs, and shouting God’s hope from the housetops! But unfortunately, most saints don’t even know that they are saints — most of God’s priests think that they are just regular church members confined to sit silently in Sunday services and then sink back in sync with everyday life.
So how can the saints go marching in when, Sunday after Sunday (for hundreds of years), we have been conditioned and trained to sit silently still and listen? Perhaps we (saints) need to be retrained! What if we begin to allow all the saints to stand up and speak out in Sunday church meetings? Then, in that safe and loving environment (Sunday after Sunday), instead of learning passivity, we would learn how to overcome our fear of what people might think about us, how to obey the voice of the Holy Spirit, and how to boldly shine with God’s light.
If you would like to experience a church service, where all the saints are allowed to speak (according to 1 Corinthians 14:26), then visit The Salvation Army Berry Street, 225 Berry St., Nashville, Tennessee, 37207 on Sundays @ 10:45 am.