Why have cell phones become so important to us? Just look around—everybody seems to have them, and as likely as not, they are surfing, texting, or talking on them? When they beep, ring, sing, or whatever it is they do, we pause what we are doing to at least look at them to see if the call or message is important.

I have a theory about the importance of cell phones—after all, we have decided that we can’t live without them. My theory is that these annoying devices are so important because we want to get “the call.” We may not even know what the call may be or mean, but we certainly don’t want to miss it.

The Christian life starts that way—with the call. Some people get it, while others miss it. But it is an important call, and one that if we are to have a full and meaningful life in this world (and life at all in the next world), we must answer. When you answer the call, will it be to accept the responsibility, tough as it may seem, to follow God’s will? Or will you allow others to take your place in the handiwork of God’s kingdom? God sends out a call constantly—will we answer or be passed over?

“Follow Me,” [Jesus] told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:19-20)