“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Called to Serve

by Macy Johnson

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood,

a holy nation, a people belonging to God,

that you may declare the praises of Him

who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.”

(1 Peter 2:9 NIV)


It was Halloween morning. I reviewed the notes I had written in the My Utmost for His Highest journal my daughter had given me in 2003. On October 31st of that year I had written, “Called to be a Christian writer.” God put the desire in my heart and fulfilled it sixteen years later.


In the wee hours of that same morning God woke me and gave me a new calling to be a choir director’s assistant. I had directed a choir during a concert many years ago, so I tucked the thought away in my heart.


At choir practice the following Thursday night, my church’s director/pianist announced that she would need to cancel an upcoming rehearsal for our Christmas concert. She would be out of town. At the close of that night’s rehearsal, I sensed the Holy Spirit suggest, “Offer to help.” I approached Amy and suggested, “I can conduct the rehearsal for you that day, if you would like.” She asked if I would also accompany the cantata so she could direct. I told her I would be honored.


The next morning, Amy sent out an email to the choir announcing the rehearsal would not be cancelled and I would lead it for her. I thanked my heavenly Father for the opportunity to contribute in this new direction.


All of God’s children are called to minister in different capacities to assist others in their ministries. I pray that my brothers and sisters in Christ will discover their unique callings and eagerly respond.


I will declare God’s praises as I serve in His kingdom. I hope you will, too! 

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