Monday, March 5, 2018

All Christians Have A Calling - Our Problem Is Being Faithful To It

…so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus… —Acts 20:24

{CHAMBERS} “Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again, not from successfully doing something of my own choosing. The joy our Lord experienced came from doing what the Father sent Him to do. And He says to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). […] We each have to find a niche in life  […] “Do you love Me?” Then, “Feed My sheep” (John 21:17). […] The call is to be faithful to the ministry you received when you were in true fellowship with Him. This does not imply that there is a whole series of differing ministries marked out for you. It does mean that you must be sensitive to what God has called you to do, and this may sometimes require ignoring demands for service in other areas.”

{ELGIN}  A lot has been written about the “Call”.  There are many aspects to it.  All Christians are referred to as “the called”. (Romans 1:5-7) “Through him [Jesus] we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people…” In that sense the calling set us apart from the world and we were “called”, as it were, to belong to God .. adopted .. joint heirs with Christ.  (Philippians 3:14) “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Our calling is something that must be pursued.  We are not supposed to live our lives passively … but are to draw close to God .. by faith .. rejecting the temptation to be conformed to this world (Romans 12:2), but instead being transformed into the image … the reflection of Jesus Christ. 

We are called to follow after Jesus.  (1 Peter 2:21) “To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.”  (Romans 8:28-30) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”  The Greek term for "church","ekklesia" means "assembly". It's root words, "ek" ("out of") and "kalein" ("call") refer to a special group being called out from the broader community for a purpose, such as Christians being called from worldly life to "life in the Spirit".

If you don’t feel that you have a specific – unique calling to a specific ministry – I would argue that point – since we all have been gifted by the Spirit for the benefit of the body of Christ and testimony to the world – I want to encourage you to embrace that truth that you have been called out of your old life … the norms and values of the culture you live in, to a new life in Christ.  (Galatians 2:20) says that in the context of that calling … you should live in a manner that shows you are dead toward this world but alive toward God.  Living a life of faith.  That is the calling for all of the saints … no matter what role in the body you have been called to … all to the glory of God. So … is your life bringing glory to God? I hope so.

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