We’ve been on a journey through these weeks in this time of Easter. I have been talking about a journey that we are all on, where we’re seeking to better understand God, understand who God is, and how God is shaping us to be the people who God has called us to be. That (journey) requires us to have open hearts, and ears, and eyes to what God is revealing to us; but last week, we were reminded by the stoning of Stephen that it is not always sunshine and roses to do what we have been called to do. We have that same notion of vocation and calling in our Acts text today.
Last week, I talked about that we all (as baptized Christians) have a call that we get in our baptisms. It is a call to proclaim the Word (proclaim who God is), to seek justice, to act with mercy and compassion, to love, and to serve. Stephen, as a deacon, was called into proclaiming the Word and serving the people.
I want to talk a little bit today about the vocation that Paul had and how this text (in particular) speaks to me about how I continue on that vocation. As a pastor, I have a vocation to ordained ministry, proclaiming the Word and administrating the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion, which I referred to last week. Read the rest of this entry »