November 11

 

So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.  1 Corinthians 7:24

 

Everyone has a calling in life.  Believers serve God when they whole-heartedly take care of these responsibilities.  An official who governs well serves God.  A mother who cares for her children, a father who goes to work and a student who studies diligently are all servants of God.

Many overlook this God-pleasing lifestyle because they consider simple, day-to-day work insignificant.  They look instead for other work that seems more difficult and end up becoming disobedient to God.

Doing what God requires is a sign of superior wisdom.  God requires that believers work hard at their callings without worrying about what anyone else is doing.  Yet few people do this.  A Poet who reflected on what people are like once said, “The farmer would like to be a shopkeeper, the shopkeeper a farmer.”  As the saying goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.”

Few people are satisfied with their lives.  The person in the pew wants to be a member of the clergy.  The student wishes to be the teacher.  The citizen wants to be mayor.  Few people are content with their callings.  However, there is no way to serve God except simply living by faith, sticking to your calling, and maintaining a clear conscience.

 

Martin Luther’s Here I Stand (Audio CD)

 

In the late afternoon of April 18, 1521, in the city of Worms, Germany, Martin Luther, a 37 year-old Catholic monk was called to defend himself before Charles the Fifth, the Holy Roman Emperor. The speech he delivered that day, Here I Stand, marked the beginning of the Reformation, a critical turning point in Christian history that decisively altered the spiritual map of the world. In this recording, Max McLean introduces the events leading up to the Diet of Worms; Martin Luther’s prayer the night before he delivered his speech; Luther’s stirring defense; the Catholic church’s rebuttal; and, Luther’s final heartfelt response.

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