January 22-Calling

January 22-Calling

January 22: Calling

 

Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 4:1

 

On this date in 2010, A’s prospect Grant Desme announced his retirement from baseball to pursue his calling to become a Catholic priest. In 2009, the 23 year-old minor leaguer hit .288 with 31 HRs and 89 RBIs playing in Low A and High A. Desme had just been named MVP of the Arizona Fall League, where most of baseball’s best prospects play winter ball.

 

In today’s text, Paul urges the Christians in Ephesus to live a life “worthy of the calling you have received.” God has a plan for each of our lives. When we live lives worthy of His plan, we will follow wherever God leads. Sometimes that means giving up something we enjoy or a path in life that we would choose for ourselves. Desme would have never been happy even if he made the major leagues, which looked pretty promising at the time of his retirement. He knew God wanted him to serve Him by becoming a priest, not a baseball player. It takes courage to follow God’s path instead of our own. The only way to true peace as a believer is to follow the path God has laid out for us. True happiness and contentment only comes to us when we are in the center of His will following His path for our lives!

  1. Have you asked God about His plan for your life?

  2. What can keep you from following His path for your life?

  3. Will you commit right now to not only seek God’s path, but also to be willing to follow His path, wherever it might lead?

God never promised us easy lives … what He did promise us is that He would never leave or forsake us. Take courage, take a stand, and follow Him.

 

 

 

 

 


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