...for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." But how, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news'"
Today these verses say something new to me. I have always understood that pastors and missionaries felt a "calling" to do what they do, but today this comes at me with a new clarity. These are the people God has called. They don't just decide to be ministers because they believe in God or because they think it would be fun or interesting or good for them for some reason. God picks them out to do what they do. Through the ages, one by one, he calls people to ministry. But He calls us all in different ways and directions. I was definitely never called to be a pastor. But I have been called to follow God. He has other plans for me.
Holy Father, you call each and every one of us to follow you in unique ways. Pastors and missionaries are called by you to be sure the Good News never stops being told. I am ready to do my part, and I treasure your call and your direction. Help me to see clearly. Amen