Called and Sent
He went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him. And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message, and to have authority to cast our demons.
To the beloved of God at St. Peter,
Over the past month, we have heard stories on Sunday mornings about being called – Jesus being called at his baptism, the disciples being called. Called into relationship – with Jesus, with God. And now we are about to jump into some exciting stories about Jesus’ ministry. (If you are looking for an exciting gospel account, read Mark, it reads like an action movie.) And the disciples get to be there for it all – to witness and to participate. We find out that the disciples are called so that they may be sent. They are called to go and be “little Christs,” to use Martin Luther’s phrase, in the world. “Christ-ians.” I think this being called and sent pattern is interesting. We are not just loved, but that love gives us a purpose. Sends us on a mission in the world. To be the love of God in the world.
If you think about it, this is actually the pattern that our Sunday worship follows. We are gathered together in song and word. We hear the stories of our faith. We taste again the deep love and forgiveness of God for us. And then we are sent out into the world to be God’s people there. Have you ever thought about those very last words at the end of the service? “Go in peace. Serve the Lord.” And we all respond, “Thanks be to God.” It is not a response of “Thanks be to God” that this service is finally over. The “Thanks be to God” is thanks that God is who he is – a God who is loves us, a God who is for us. And it is “Thanks be to God” that we get to go out into the world to serve him. We get to do that. Not as some sort of contractual obligation, but as natural and spontaneous response in gratitude for what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. We get to participate in the work of God in the world. That is pretty amazing.
And guess what – I’d guess that you are already doing it. Pay attention this month. Take some time to observe how God is at work in the world around you. And how God is at work in the world through you. Because, called by God, you are all “little Christs” in the world.
Grace to you and peace,
Join us for Ash Wednesday Services at St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Noon (spoken service)
6:30pm (with music)
Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Repent and believe in the Gospel.