April 24, 2021

He's Calling You

I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.
Isaiah 42:6-7
Darkness and light, bondage and liberty—these are constant themes throughout the Bible. Whether literally or figuratively, a huge portion of the scriptures deal with God's call from the one to the other. From Genesis to Revelation, God's intention for God's people is clear: Vision and freedom.

But for some reason it's difficult to admit that we're blind, or that we're imprisoned. Because everyone around us seem to be in the same state, we pretend that nothing's wrong.

Blind Bartimaeus knew his condition though, and he called out loudly for Jesus to help him. This was a source of embarrassment for those around him. "Shut up," the told him, "you're making a fool of yourself." But it's at that moment he heard Jesus' call. His bold faith freed him from his dark prison, and the Bible tells us that he used his freedom... to follow his Liberator.

May we admit our condition and open our ears to hear Jesus' call to something more—something better—and may be respond not by running off and doing our own thing, but by following the One whose call to us and claim on us never ceases.

Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.”
 Mark 10:49
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
O God, you gave us a garden of Eden, and we chose to wander in deserts of our own making. You gave us the Light of the world, and we chose to do our night-crawling. Forgive us our squandering, our wandering, our lack of commitment. Forget not your covenant with us, O God, and choose us still to tell your good news, to give all that we have that we might be one in your shalom. In Jesus' Name...
 Chalice Worship, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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