Deuteronomy 10:12-22. What strikes me is two-fold in these verses: First, what does it mean to be called to God’s people? Often we treat being a “chosen people” (whether talking of Israel or the church) as a prize to be won, honored. Its about blessings and protection in our materialistic minds. Certainly in our individual lives we want it to be about God granting us health, wealth, success, and protection.
Yet the Biblical definition is responsibility. If you have heard God’s voice and answered, joining the people of God in all lands, in all cultures, times, and (I believe) all faiths, that means you have signed up. You have chosen to be a partner with God in God’s work.
That work is clearly described here – which is the second thing that stands out. That work is caring for the widow, the orphan, the dispossessed. It is speaking up for the oppressed. It is welcoming the immigrant into our borders and our communities. It is making sure those without clothes, food, medical care, have access to it. It is being a part of building the blessed community of God that makes God’s will be done on earth as in heaven.
To be honest, I have to admit I’m not fully there yet. As I look what our society is doing especially to poor and minorities, boy howdy how we are not there yet. The joy of this season is we are reminded that today we have a chance to choose whom we might serve and to reach out and be that change. That is what being called by God is about.