Saturday, February 6

Called in worship

Scripture: Exodus 23-24, Psalm 16, Acts 13

Acts 13:2–3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Observation

This is the story of the first missionary journey.  The gospel had just opened to Gentiles, and from Antioch, the first largely Gentile church, the first intentional missionaries are launched.  The call came when they were worshiping and praying and fasting.  They were “called in worship.” 

Application

Two things.

First, when I was praying yesterday, I took some time to give thanks and worship, and I was reminded that I haven’t done that much lately.  It’s easy for prayer to be just asking, but it’s best if it starts with worship.  Start with adoration and gratitude.  I want to be sure that I worship and give thanks daily. 

So I was struck that the call came when they were worshiping.  I’m in the process of clarifying my calling for this next season of my life.  This passage suggests that the call will be made clear as I worship and pray.  So I’ll be spending some time each day to worship and thank the Lord!

Second, I believe that every Christian is called.  Each of us share the general calling to follow Jesus, to make disciples, to love God and people.  And each of us has a specific and unique calling to serve God in our world, a calling that uses our gifts, abilities, personality and experience.  

I love helping believers identify their callings.  And this passage suggests that starts in worship and prayer.  

Prayer: Lord, speak to me as I worship you.  And do the same for my brothers and sisters.  Help every Christian to hear your calling and live it out!