28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NRSV)
I remember the first time I felt called by God. It wasn’t the Apostle Paul’s lightning bolt experience. It was, however, a lightning bolt to my heart that shattered the wall the world and I had built up around it. My heart was so full, I thought it would burst.
While attending a Pilgrimage (Cursillo) 3-day weekend in 2003, I heard God’s call to me, “You are my beloved.” I heard it through the voices of those who invited me, those who loved me (and still do) unconditionally, those who take time to listen to me and truly care about my journey. I heard for the first time how God wants a relationship with me. All God asks of me is to glorify God in all that I do.
After this experience of love, I really understand how all are called to be God’s people. All are called to glorify God in all things. If we think glorifying God leads to violence or tearing someone down, this is false and not a correct interpretation of scripture. Paul tells us in Romans all who love God are called according to his purpose.
All have the invitation to love God.
To know God is to love God and all of God’s beloved.
We love God by loving all of God’s children.
For God first loved me.
And God first loved you.
With a grateful heart,
(c) 2019 Rev. Dr. Lil Smith