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“Then I heard the voice of Lord saying, ’Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am; send me!’” – Isaiah 6:8

I can recall times as a child, when I was out playing with my buddies on the street, that my mother would call me to the front porch of our house, give me some money, and say, “Here, go to Sheetz and get a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk. If there is anything left you can get what you want with it.” It was, in a sense, a mission. GO to Sheetz, get what Mom wants, and bring it home. It was a calling, if you will, a strong urge toward a particular way of life or career; a vocation. Maybe it wasn’t a career or a job but a task to do for mom. 

We are all called to something. Whether it is white collar or blue collar work we are called in life with our particular skills and talents to do what we do in life. All of us are called. We are called to be what we are, to do what we do, to use our gifts for our purpose in life. In this manner we follow that strong urge to that particular way of life as skilled workers, professionals, and productive people in our world.

But, it occurs to me, what are we called to in Jesus? Isaiah was called to do go for God. To go and be prophet who brought God’s word and message to the Israelites. The disciples were called to follow Jesus and learn how to be kingdom proclaiming men who brought his message. What are we called to in Christ? How are we to use our particular skills, talents, graces, and gifts to follow Jesus and proclaim his Word? I mean not just as individuals. Certainly each of us is called to serve God’s kingdom in some capacity. But how are we as a church called? Are we listening and hearing that call in Christ? Can we respond in faith to that call and go where Jesus is leading us? 

The key is how we are listening to God. Isaiah had to listen and be renewed and restored in God before he could go. Are we listening, seeking redemption, and following God’s way for our life as a church? In the next week or so I will be offering a chance for you to join me in a conversation. I will do this with a group that can, or choose to, go online and a second group that will be by conference call to have this conversation. You are invited to be a part of these discussions as we begin to look at what the vision, dream, and purpose of our church is with God. You will be notified how to do that in the Church bulletin, newsletter, and on our Facebook page. 

In the meantime, I would ask you to pray with me and seek God’s guidance as to this dream, and vision, and purpose for Beach Lake UMC. Listen with your heart to hear where God is leading you and our church that we can move ahead for God, know the purpose God has for our church, and the calling we need to answer in Jesus. 

Peace and Blessings,

Pastor Jim