Answering the Call


“The great masquerade of evil has played havoc with all our ethical concepts. For evil to appear disguised as light, charity, historical necessity, or social justice is quite bewildering to anyone brought up on our traditional ethical concepts, while for Christians who base their lives on the bible it merely conforms the fundamental wickedness of evil.
Who stands fast? Only those whose final standards are not their reason, their principles, their conscience, their freedom, or their virtue, but who are ready to sacrifice all of this when they are called to obedient and responsible action in faith and in exclusive allegiance to God-the responsible ones, who try to make their whole life an answer to the question and call of God.

-from Letters and Papers from Prison, Dietrich Bonhoeffer

As I was reading some of the amazing work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer this morning, this section really struck me. We are in the midst of a culture and generation that is full of this evil in disguise that Bonhoeffer wrote about. But who will we choose to be?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer doesn’t just say that we should choose to be obedient and responsible to God when it’s convenient or when we feel like it. He states that our whole lives should be an answer to what God has called us to do.

This statement is inspiring and challenging. Perhaps you’re in a place where you don’t know what God has called you to do or what you can contribute to the world today. Be prayerful about it, and equip yourself, because this is a huge, life long responsibility, so when God calls you, are you ready to answer?

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