The calling of the disciples is such a well-known story that it’s easy to just
gloss over it and miss any new thing God may want to say to us.
Two truths stand out in this passage. The first is that God uses us as we are.
God has gifted us and equipped us with talents, resources and abilities,
and when God calls us, it is these gifts that God asks us to use. As
Frederick Buechner once said, “The place God calls you to is the place
where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” The second
truth is that God always calls us into a community. Notice here that Jesus
didn’t just call one person, but a whole group. In fact, Jesus’ disciples
ended up being a really diverse and difficult bunch. But he called them to
learn to love one another—even when the “one another” included people
they would naturally have hated!
There’s a simple, but powerful practice that helps us to answer both the call
to use our gifts for God and the call to community—giving. Today, try to
find ways to use your abilities for the sake of others with no expectation or
desire for gain, reciprocation or reward. Watch how this connects you with
others and fills your day with purpose.
As you have gifted me, O God, use me for your purpose.