Each week, the pastor who preaches posts a brief synopsis of the sermon for you to see the main points made during the sermon on Sunday morning.
October 1, 2017
God comes and taps Moses on the shoulder. “Moses, I have heard my people’s cry. I need you.” And how does Moses react? Not me! Who is going to listen to me? I am not good enough. Send someone else! Sound like excuses we have used before? Then we need to be honest. When Moses did answer God’s call, life got harder for Moses — not easier. He had to fight. The people questioned his leadership and authority. He wanted to quit.
This is not just a story of God’s call to Moses. It is a story of God calling us as well.
On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, let’s look at Luther’s theology of vocation.
- First, we are all equal. We will all feel God’s tap on the shoulder. No matter what stage of life you are at, God is calling you. We will never be ready. We will all have excuses. But God still calls.
- Second, Luther trusted the laity more than he trusted the clergy. YOU are the church.
- Third, we live lives in response to what God in Jesus has already done for us. Now that God has done it all, what will we do? Tap. Tap.
On this name tag Sunday you wrote your name. But what else would you like to put on that name tag? Child of God? Now take that even one step further. What is God calling you to do? You are NAMED. You are CLAIMED. And you are CALLED.