"I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship."
- Romans 12:1
The apostle Paul, writing to fledgling Christians in Rome, is dealing with their individual and collective mission in life. Later, he points out to them that, "... we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us. ..." Paul's exhortation, I contend, can be a call for each of us to integrate our lives around a sense of mission, a mission to serve God and God's children with our unique, God-given gifts and graces. What a diversity of missions we find in our holy scriptures and in Christian history!
Imagine the wonder in the heart of Moses at the age of 80 being called upon to lead a great, oppressed people from slavery to freedom and obedience to a God of Covenant, who gave laws for righteous living and a land of abundance.
Imagine the challenge to the courage of young David in leading battles against enemies of the Israelites and, later, his perseverance when divisions threatened his kingdom.
Imagine the faithful perseverance of Paul, the wide-traveling missionary apostle, who endured all kinds of opposition, punishments, imprisonments and troubling divisions among the newly converted Christians.
See how different these stalwart heroes are in their talents and missions! Yet we can believe that each was called by God and used by God. No one is exactly like you. Our Christ-like God has a mission that is yours alone. God's spirit, ever present and ever helpful, can empower you to fulfill it.