Whenever there is a call from God, we have a choice to respond in the affirmative or the negative. In other words we can either say yes or no to the call. To say yes to the call is an indication that I will go to execute the mission assignment of the call. We can choose to respond grudgingly or graciously. Grudgingly means that we do not want to execute our mission assignment but we will do so reluctantly. Graciously means that we will execute our mission in the spirit of humility, grace and with pleasure. When God calls us we should say I will respond graciously.
Responding graciously is an affirmation of our faith. When God calls us, doubt immediately arises. Excuses flood our mind as we attempt to avoid the Divine Call. The antidote to doubt and fear is faith. We must believe that God is able to help us accomplish our assignment and reach our desired goal. Our affirmation of faith can motivate others to receive a transformation of life, mobilize some people to become more familiar with scripture and model for others the significance of prayer. This affirmation of faith expresses that I will respond graciously.
Responding graciously is an assurance for our fellowship. God calls us to serve others. Normally we will find objections or rationalizations on why we should not go to minister to others. People use excuses such as I don’t have time; that is not my spiritual gift; mature Christians such as the pastor and gifted people should do it; I do not want to impose my belief on others. Let us turn obstacles into opportunities. Responding graciously is an opportunity to enlarge our fellowship, especially when we are assured of God’s peace for us and others. His presence is always with us and His power can make a difference in all of our lives.
Responding graciously is manifested when our actions are fulfilled. We should pray for opportunities to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Share the love of Christ with your family, friends, neighbors and community. It is a sin to be silent when we have been commanded to speak. It is time for us to invite people to church, intentionally look for opportunities to share our testimony and the love of Christ and be prepared to speak when the time arises. These acts of kindness fulfill the call of God by saying I will respond graciously.