“The Call of the Natural Life”

“The Call of the Natural Life”




The call of God is not a call to serve Him in any particular way. My

contact with the nature of God will shape my understanding of His call and will

help me realize what I truly desire to do for Him. The call of God is an

expression of His nature; the service which results in my life is suited to me

and is an expression of my nature. The call of the natural life was stated by

the apostle Paul—“When it pleased God . . . to reveal His Son in me,that I

might preach Him [that is, purely and solemnly express Him] among the Gentiles

. . . .”

Service is the overflow which pours from a life filled with love and

devotion. But strictly speaking, there is no call to that. Service is what I

bring to the relationship and is the reflection of my identification with the

nature of God. Service becomes a natural part of my life. God brings me into

the proper relationship with Himself so that I can understand His call, and

then I serve Him on my own out of a motivation of absolute love. Service to God

is the deliberate love-gift of a nature that has heard the call of God. Service

is an expression of my nature, and God’s call is an expression of His nature.

Therefore, when I receive His nature and hear His call, His divine voice

resounds throughout His nature and mine and the two become one in service. The

Son of God reveals Himself in me, and out of devotion to Him service becomes my

everyday way of life.

Lord, Your Word comes so quietly and all pervadingly—“If any man serve

Me, let him follow Me,” and, “If any man serve Me, him will my Father honor.”

Take me as Your servant in this sense.


Discuss ways in which we can serve God, our one true love and devotion,

and not out of duty or any sense of requirement.