PERSONAL CALL

"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." - Eleanor Roosevelt.
 
Scripture for the day: "And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me." Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, "Lord, who is the one who betrays You?"  Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, "But Lord, what aboutthis man?" Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." - John 21:19b-22
 
According to the Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the first known use of the adjective "mega" was in 1968. Mega is simply defined as vast or supersized and is popularly used in the metric system of measurement as well as to qualify everything of a gargantuan proportion such as megabuses, megacorporations, megastars etc. The church would not be outdone in the era of the "mega" and justifiably incorporated the term "megachurch" to connote a church that has 2000 or more members in average weekend attendance. Many megachurches are doing an amazing work in extending the frontiers of God's Kingdom on earth. The flipside to such colossal churches sometimes is the tendency for some members to be lost in the huge crowds and therefore miss out on their personal call to fulfill their predestined purposes in the Lord. The Body of Christ is not one member but many; however, the call of salvation and fulfillment of destinies on earth has been carefully personalized for every child of God.
 
Our scripture reading for today narrates the personalized call of the Apostle Peter to a specific work of ministry when the Lord said to him, "Follow Me." Akin to his experience of walking on the sea when Jesus beckoned him in Matt. 14:28-30, Peter seemed to have a nagging problem of keeping his eye on the Lord instead of circumstances and people around him. Once again, Peter became distracted from the Lord's emphatic call and turned around to inquire of the destiny of Apostle John. Jesus's response to him was forceful and forthright, "If I will that he remains till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me." In essence, the Lord was implying that everyone's call in the Kingdom of God is unique and tailored for that particular individual based on several factors dating back to divine purposes instilled at conception. Your call to the Lord and His work is personalized and different from the closest person to you at home, church, work or community. You must never get distracted by what others are doing or be dragged into unrighteous competition with them. Your call is different and the instruction of the Lord is clear, "follow me." In the final analysis, you'll stand as an individual before the Lord to account for your own self concerning your walk of faith and work of ministry in the Kingdom of God.
 
Do not lose your peculiar calling in the crowd of the saints. Yes, we must fervently support one another in the local church and the Kingdom of God in order to fulfill the Greatest Commission and Commandment as a corporate body, but you must not lose sight of your personal calling to the Lord. After all, the strength and quality of the general Body of Christ is dependent on the ultimate functioning of every member. Respond to your unique call from the Lord today.
 
Memory verse: "Jesus said to him, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is thatto you? You follow Me." - John 21:22