Week 5 (8-14 Oct.) – Call/Vocation in Life
Sunday – God’s Plan for Us
Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 29:11
When God gives these words to Jeremiah to give to us, it is an assurance that even when we doubt we can know that God has a plan for us, God’s people, and those plans are for a blessing not a curse, so we have a future with hope – no matter how bad it may seem. Sometimes, those blessings come after trials and hardships but God has a plan. Just as God had a plan and a purpose for Adam in the garden (to till it and keep it) so God has a plan for us. If we want to have a vocation that fulfills us and blesses us, then we need to consult with God about what God’s plan and purpose is for us in our life in God’s creation.
Pastor’s Pondering: What do you think is God’s plan and purpose is for you?
Monday – Wilderness – Why am I here?
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
When we live life in the wilderness, we may seek the answer to the question of “Why am I here?” As Solomon contemplates this the conclusion he comes to is it is meaningless without God. If we are here by chance and are our sole purpose in the expanse of the world is nothing then it is just “vanities of vanities.” If it is all just vanity then what we are left with is we are born, we live, we die and that is that. The end. Depressing.
Pastor’s Pondering: What would/does this look like in life
Tuesday – Call/Purpose in Relationship with God
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15; 12:13, 14
But as Solomon comes to the realization that in life God’s purpose for us is “eat, drink, and be merry in all their toil(labor),” then there is purpose. To do this is to submit and trust in the Lord’s plan and care for you in the work that God has given you to do. To be as wise as Solomon is to recognize that God created us with a plan and purpose and we need to submit to our Lord and follow that plan and purpose in our life in God’s Creation. There is no purpose/plan in the wilderness but when we see God’s creation/kingdom we find that there is a plan and purpose.
Pastor’s Pondering: What would/does this look like in life?
Wednesday – Israel, Nation of God’s Deliverance
Scripture Reading: Genesis 17:9-14
As a nation, God’s plan for Israel was to be an instrument of deliverance of people from their life in the wilderness into a life of God’s creation/kingdom. We see this as God shares the sign of the covenant that is made is to include “any foreigner who is not of your offspring.” Through Israel, people were to see the benefits of a life lived in God, become aware of God’s love and become a part of that by proclaiming their faith in God and becoming a part of the nation Israel and God’s kingdom on earth.
Pastor’s Pondering: What stories in scripture tell of when Israel fulfilled and did not fulfill their purpose in life?
Thursday – Christ, our Redeemer
Scripture Reading: Matthew 26:39-46
From the beginning of time and up to the time that Jesus prays to have the cup removed from him, Christ knew God’s plan for him was to redeem his people from the punishment of their sins which is eternal separation from God, restore them as children of God through adoption and sanctification and the cup of Christ is the cup of salvation that we share at the table of our Lord in God’s creation. Christ knew God’s purpose for Him was to be our Redeemer.
Pastor’s Pondering: How did Christ become the Redeemer for God’s people?
Friday – Church, Witness of Spirit
Scripture Reading: John 14:15-31
When Jesus tells the disciples (i.e. the Church), “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” we find that through the gift of the Spirit we can begin to know God’s love in our lives, grow in God’s love together and be able to share God’s love all through the work of the Spirit. Thus, the Church becomes a witness of the Spirit working in us and a testimony of what the Spirit can do in other’s lives. As the Spirit changes our hearts of stones to hearts of love, the world can see what God can do in them. The Church becomes the witness of the Holy Spirit: God’s active work in the world today.
Pastor’s Pondering: How can the Church (and each individual Christian) be a witness of the Holy Spirit in God’s creation?
Saturday – Individual, Talents & Opportunities
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12
In God’s plan and purpose for us, it is not just to be redeemed into life in God’s creation from the wilderness, or to be a witness, but we also have a specific purpose in building up the community of the Church and the world. We all have different abilities and desires that fuel our gifts/talents that we are to use in our vocation in life. As we find the opportunities that God provides for us to use our talents we find that it leads to a vocation that builds up our communities and provides us the means to live which will lead us to our next area of life in God’s creation is the provisions in life.
Pastor’s Pondering: How do we find our calling in life in our vocation?