God invites us to join in God’s mission to the world. For some, that invitation is to vocational ministry. For most, it is an invitation to ministries for which they are not paid but are nonetheless vital to the fulfillment of God’s mission.
So what kind of people does God call to these places of service? One thing we know for sure: God requires neither past nor present perfection. Paul would offer himself as the first example of this. He lives with his own amazing story of transformation—from a life of persecuting the church to propagating the church.
Remember Moses, the glowing deliverer of God’s laws? Moses is not perfect. He kills a man in an act of ethnocentric passion. Yet God calls Moses to a place in God’s plan.
Surely someone reading this is thinking, God couldn’t call me. Not with my limitations and imperfections. That would be wrong. I know God calls unworthy people, for I am one. I am both skillfully inadequate and personally unworthy to join in God’s amazing plan for the world. Yet one of today’s verses reminds me that the calling God gave me is purely a gift of mercy: “Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart” (niv).
Someone suggested that beautiful flowers should be displayed in plain pots, so that the pots will not detract from the flowers’ splendor. Perhaps that is why God invites imperfect people like you and me to serve in God’s plan for the world.
God, thank you for your invitation to join you in your mission despite my imperfection. Remind me that this invitation is a gift and not based on my merit. Amen.
God’s glory is always revealed, even if never completely. When Moses encounters God on the mountain, his face undergoes a physical transformation as a reflection of God’s greater glory. The psalmist reminds us of how great God is and how even Moses and Aaron bow before God’s throne. Paul refers to the story of Moses, but because of Christ, God’s glory is now more openly revealed. There is no need to wear a covering as Moses did, for Christ reflects openly the divine radiance. Luke recounts the Transfiguration, when the face of Jesus, like that of Moses, begins to shine. God’s voice reinforces the revelation of the Transfiguration, declaring Jesus to be God’s Son and the revelation of God’s glory.
Read Exodus 34:29-35. Consider the ways you provide evidence of your faith. Do you display it for your glory or for God’s?
Read Psalm 99. How do you seek a healthy balance of awe and intimacy in your relationship with God?
Read 2 Corinthians 3:12–4:2. What “veil” separates you from God—a sense of unworthiness, a hardened heart, a lack of understanding?
Read Luke 9:28-43a. Jesus shines with God’s glory, but then he gets back to his work of healing. Consider how God might transform you to do better the work you are already doing for God.
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