God says (as paraphrased by E. Peterson),
"If I get hungry, do you think I'd tell you?
All creation and its bounty are mine.
Do you think I feast on venison?
or drink draughts of goats' blood?
Spread for me a banquet of praise,
serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you're in trouble—
I'll help you, and you'll honor me."
Some would say "always be on call for God." Be ready to drop whatever you're doing and do what needs to be done. I guess I would rather say "always be in tune with God." I know that following God will lead us out of our comfortable lives, but it is following God that takes us - not all the need we see around us.
I get concerned when I see people jumping in to meet every need they see. I also get concerned when I see people sitting on their duff doing nothing....Lest is seem as though I am sitting here in judgement....These two extremes are where I often see myself, so as I write, I write to ME most of all.
Following Christ is a package deal. We follow Christ and are a part of the Church. We have access to the Father through the Son. We are called to use that access. We are called to seek Him - and that's not a process you can microwave. We are also called to journey with others, so we pursue friendship - again, not a microwavable venture. Lastly, we are called to make a difference in the world. Maybe today that means fighting oppression for someone who is unable to fight; maybe tomorrow it means a smile and conversation. It's impossible to say what it looks like on a day to day basis, I think staying connected to God (who does not NEED us, but chooses us) is the key. So how do you do that?
Advent Action: Evaluate your pattern for seeking God. Do you have a good balance of quiet, community and mission? Where can you make changes?