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God’s Interaction Through Calling

We’ve all been there at one time or another – the dreaded playground team selection. You know what I’m talking about. The moment when the bell rings and all the kids run from the classroom down the hallway through the door to the wonderful world of imagination and play. Some choose to swing, others slide, a few will hang around on the “monkey” bars and chat it up, but there are always those who make the decision to join a team sport whether it be softball, kickball, basketball, football, soccer, or you name it. It really doesn’t matter at the moment; you know you’re going to have to stand in line while two “captains” stand and make their selection as to who will get to play on their team.

Eagerly, we all wave our hands in hopes of being picked first…second…third, but not last. No one wants to be picked last or told that the teams are already created, and you didn’t make the cut. “Sorry, maybe next recess.” Often it seems that it is always the “friends” of the captains that get chosen first and the rest just kind of fall in play because there is a need for a certain number of people to play the game.

Being chosen and hearing your name called is all we want at the moment. It really doesn’t matter if we even get to play the position we want to play, we just don’t want to be left out.

Unfortunately, that same feeling is expressed too often when it comes to our religious life. Our desire to be liked by God and chosen by Him to receive that precious opportunity to go to heaven one day seems almost the same as if we’re standing in line waiting for Him to look our direction and speak our name. Even if God doesn’t know our name and just says, “I’ll take him or her” is fine with us. We just want to be chosen.

What does it take to be “chosen,” “called,” or “elected” when it comes to faith? Does anybody have an in that we don’t know about? Are there any special rules we’ve got to follow to get selected? Is God just picky and only wants the good looking, healthy, wealthy, and athletic? Or will He choose me?

This Sunday, we’re going to take a breather from our verse-by-verse study of Romans and examine the idea of “calling” that is mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Romans, as well as how the rest of Scripture relates to it.

When you get here, raise your hand and let me know you want to play, and I may even call your name.

John
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