Workout of the Week: Come When He Calls
Memory Verse: “And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” Romans 1:6 NIV
Meditation Passage: Romans 1:1-7
Key Thought: Come when He calls.
I’m waiting for my new puppy.
Our nest is emptying, and I want something more protective than Mizuno, our twelve year-old Lab.
I’m on the puppy list for a Belgian Malinois. The last time we had a puppy was the ’90s, so I’m reading up on dog training.
The first lesson? Come when called.
Whether it’s kids or puppies, this one’s important. As an adult, coming when called can be a challenge too. When God calls, I can be like the sleepy dog that’s content to stay on the bed or the eye-rolling teen with more important things to do. Check out the opening verses of Romans:
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God . . . Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 1: 1, 5-7 NIV)
The NIV Complete Concordance offers three pages of references for call, called, and calling. Pages! Call means to summon. When I call my child or my puppy, I want them to stop what they’re doing and come straight to me. I initiate the call. The response I desire? Come. Now.
What will they find when they come? Who knows? A job. A treat. Something funny or information they need. Discipline? Maybe.
With a call comes an expectation. Do we assume the interruption will be negative? Mizuno comes quickly if he hears the leash drawer open. My youngest comes quickly if he hears the word Whataburger. Otherwise, they need some prodding. Here are a few things to remember with our own training:
- Remember what you were called from. God brought you to Himself, out of darkness and into light. (1 Peter 2:9; John 6:44) Look around and remember those who aren’t in relationship with Him. That could have been you.
- Remember Who’s calling. God’s driving the relationship. Do you really want to ignore Him?
- Come expectantly. Think treat, not vet.
- You have been called. It’s a privilege. What will you do with the opportunity?
Come when He calls. Nail your spiritual workouts this week, and change your corner of the gym.
With a call comes an expectation. Click to tweet.
Do we assume the interruption will be negative? Click to tweet.
Remember what you were called from. Click to tweet.
Remember Who’s calling. Click to tweet.
Come expectantly. Think treat, not vet. Click to tweet.