“We are the ones God has called. We don’t come only from the Jews but we also come from the Gentiles.”
Romans 9.24 CEB
God calls people according to his sovereign grace. He has determined that those who respond in faith and obedience will be saved, independently of origin or class.
Paul does not sound arrogant here, but humbly grateful. God’s sovereignty does not deter him from evangelism, but spurs him toward it. God’s call comes through his evangelizing people.
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“For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him.”
Paul argues that Christ brings righteousness to everyone who believes, v. 4. His rich blessings refer to salvation and all that accompanies it. To call upon him is to appeal to God for salvation rather than one’s own righteousness.
Christ is Lord of all, so that means there is one way to be saved, by calling on him. What does this calling entail, according to the Bible?
#Christ as Lord #salvation #calling #VOTD
“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Jesus spoke these words at the end of his parable of the wedding banquet. He echoed his words from the sermon on the mount, that few will be saved. God wants all to be saved, but few will accept the call.
The few will be chosen because only they will prepare themselves for the end. God provides us all we need to do that. What is involved in being among the few?
#calling #few #VOTD
“Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, ‘Ananias,’ and he replied, ‘Here I am, Lord.'”
When the Lord called Ananias to go teach Saul, the persecutor, he hesitated, but finally went. He was God’s instrument to bring a powerful proclaimer to Christ.
Christ won’t appear to us in a vision, but he calls Christians today to go and teach. What fears or concerns do you have that must be overcome? Where are the limits of your comfort zone?
#evangelism #calling #VOTD
Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics you will find:
- Beware of Dogs (Bill Burk)
- Leaving the Past Behind (Cody Westbrook)
- Paul’s Present (Neal Pollard)
- The Only Way to Go is Up! (Andy Baker)
- A Call to Maturity (Clay Bond)
- A Call to Follow (D.J. Stucky)
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“By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
Kick back and relax? Moses could have chosen to kick back and relax with the best of today’s social media celebrities!
Live it up? Moses could have chosen to live it up with the best of today’s children of powerful politicians.
Don’t get distracted with religion? Moses could have chosen to go with the grain and follow his adopted culture’s popular polytheistic ways.
Live for today? Moses could have chosen to see this world as the end all be all when it comes to achievement.
Plain and simple – Moses could have chosen a lot of different things, but he chose a “life for good” over “the good life”, and such is the call that God’s anointed has given us today.
“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:43-39)
God has a calling for everyone, and his calling demands our attention – it shouldn’t be minimized or ignored like a call from someone we don’t want to talk to…you know, the way we treat certain calls today because of caller id. Remember the time before caller id? The phone would ring and we had to answer it without knowing who was calling or why. Today, whether at home or on the road, our phones let us pick and choose which call we want to answer by revealing the caller – and I’m afraid many of us Christians have the same mentality toward the calling of God to serve him in his kingdom. If we maintain such a mindset toward God’s calling we’ll get stuck with the “I’ll call back later” mentality – a mentality which takes it for granted that God will answer us after our intentional repeated ignoring of him; God has caller id too, you know.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)
Many people today believe that God calls them to do something. This is true, for God indeed calls us. However the question is how does He call us? Does our Father call us individually through visions or dreams? Does He talk to us directly as He did with Moses? The Bible is clear as to how this call from God comes.
Not surprisingly God calls to each of us the same way, through His written word. Notice what Peter says in Acts: “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (2:39). God’s call to salvation is to every person. Acts 2:41 tells us that those who “gladly received his word were baptized”. Then in verse 47 we read that “the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved”. God called everyone by His word through the apostle Peter.
The call of God is the call of salvation and is what Jude calls the “common salvation” (vs. 3) meaning it is the same for every person. God indeed calls to us, not through visions or dreams but by His word, the Bible.
In Christ, Steve Preston
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