“But Sukhomlinov had become Chief of the General Staff, and with the ignorant rashness that looked so much like decisiveness had ‘reconciled’ the rival plans: Russia would attack on both fronts at once! ……… (his successor) had gone so far as to give the French a firm understanding that Russia would move against Germany as well as Austria………How long would France remember Russia’s sacrifice, her blood tribute? Knowing all this, you must still show yourself worthy of your calling”*
This excerpt from the first of Solzhenitsyn’s Red Wheel series shares the thoughts of Colonel Vorotyntsev as he travels from Army General HQ to the field HQs and beyond to the front line to visit with the commanders in the field. He takes it upon himself to speak with the field commanders directly, taking personal responsibility for the success of the campaign in Prussia.
Vorotyntsev knowing all the errors of judgement made at Army GHQ, can see first-hand the failed communication network which ensures the Russian Army have no idea where their individual battalions are never mind where the Germans might be. In the midst of total confusion and conflicting egotistical officers Vorotyntsev knows one thing to be true. He must still show himself worthy of his calling.
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” Ephesians 4:1
I am a firm believer that every action we take can only be a response to the actions of God. God is the initiator. God is source. The earth and everything in it was not only created at his word but is also held together by the imperishable Word of God.
That being said I am also a believer that our actions count! What we do affects the world around us. We are urged by Paul to live up to the calling we have received.
Paul urges the church ‘to walk’, to act, to move forward in this world. Our calling is a heavenly one. A heavenly calling is a calling that comes from heaven. It is also a calling towards heaven, but it is a calling that is received and responded to on earth. God has not called us to wait for heaven, he has called us to walk towards heaven in a manner worthy of the call.