January 12th

Galatians 3:26-29

…in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Daily Chronological Reading: 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18 & Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

Common Prayer: Psalm 67:1-4; Habakuk 3; Galatians 3:23-29

Here is a quote from a book I am reading about God’s call on our lives, that has haunted me and made me ask, “does much of the fact that I cannot remain settled in my soul only point to the reality that I am Noah running?”

God’s call is not easily escaped.  It is clear.  God makes the vision plain.  He does not give a fuzzy picture…When God calls, He doesn’t invite us to a picnic.  He calls us to a stiff-necked, rebellious, stubborn people.  Our success is not measured by fame; it is not measured by popularity contests; it is not measured by how many souls were won.  God doesn’t call us to that kind of task.  Rather, God calls us to faithfulness. ‘Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life’ (Rev 2:10).  That’s the key – faithfulness to God’s call.  God calls us; He locks us in; but He never leaves us alone.  He goes with us.  He sustains us.  That is the only assurance we have.  God never calls us to do something we can do in our own strength.  He always calls us to get in over our heads – to move out to where we’ll have to either depend on His power or sink.

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