By the Will of God

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God … (Colossians 1).

Paul’s apostleship was grounded on “the will of God” and nothing else. It didn’t matter that, being a pharisee, he was religiously qualified as a professional. It didn’t matter that, being both a Jew and a Roman, he was socially qualified to bridge the gap between those two groups. No, in the end, all that mattered was that God Himself had called him.

As it was with Paul’s apostleship, so is it also with our salvation and calling as “a holy priesthood” who “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Yes, we may indeed have talents or experiences that would lend themselves to good service, but the only thing that really matters is that we have been called of God to know Him and to serve Him. We did not choose God—He chose us.

Lord, thank You for Your calling in our lives. Help us This Day to fulfill this calling and live according to Your will and not our own. Amen.