Abide in My Love

by Beth A Richardson on May 12, 2012 · 4 comments


Saturday, May 12. In both John 15:9-17 and 1 John 5:1-6 we are told to follow the commandments of Jesus.

Do you think of God’s call as a command or as an invitation? Why?

Words from The Word: Who defeats the world? Isn’t it the one who believes that Jesus is God’s Son? -1 John 5:5, CEB

This Week…

Lectionary Texts:

Audio Lectio: Pray the words of John 15:9-15 with us this week.

Pray for: the people and countries of Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.

Spiritual Tools: Revisit The Examen as a powerful tool for discerning the call of God in your life.


Gracious Lord, who called your church to witness that you were in Christ reconciling all people to yourself: gather all of your children around your table for the gospel feast and shape me in such a way by your Spirit that your invitation might be extended to all through me. Amen.

-Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From p. 121 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books.

Prayer: Lord God, transform me into the crispest of apples, the juiciest of peaches or the sweetest of berries. Use my fruitiness for you. Amen.

Art Credit: Lyre (Golden Gate Park), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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Pat May 12, 2012 at 11:05 am

God’s call is definitely an “invitation.” However, childhood sermons led me to believe that this “call” would be something I definitely would not want to do, but MUST…..Whew! that felt burdensome. Later in life I gained the insight that, yes, the call may be challenging, but it truly would be the mission in life that I came to accomplish! I finally GOT IT! and a major portion of the mission has been accomplished. Now I await, the “calling” for this “mature” stage of life. I’m listening!

Nancy C. Hardin May 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

God’s call is an invitation, and although it may not be a command, He is persistent. No matter how you try to ignore it; how long you try to hide; He will persist. Go ahead and accept it. God only asks you to do things for which you are or can become capable. The joy is waiting for you.

Christine J Smith May 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I agree God’s call is an invitation. I have heard this persistent invitation throughout my life. God is a determined invitee and eventually I felt I needed to follow God’s call. If you are feeling like you are hearing God’s call , embrace it and follow it without fear. God will find a way for you to follow and you will be fine.

Buzz May 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Invitation. God has given us free will. He will not command us to do anything. That’s not to say that God is not persistent. He truly is. God never puts too much on our plate. Sometimes I think He has. But, when I look, He’s given me a bigger plate. And, what He has put there, no matter how it looks, is sweet to the taste.

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