With caller ID and voice mail, sometimes we know who called us and what they want to talk to us about. But before caller ID and voice mail we had no idea who was on the line so we always answered the call when ever possible.
Are we listening to God’s call and understanding what he wants, and what He has called us to be. Because, this matter of what we are to be, must precede anything we are to do. From time to time we hear someone say the Church is living so much below the level God has intended for her. Matthew 22:14 says “For many are called but few are chosen”. Let's take the call so you can be chosen, and then be what He wants us to be.
But what will we become, if we accept the call? In writing to churches which God had helped Paul start or edify, Paul addresses the believers as "saints." Those in Rome, Paul addressed as "…beloved of God, called to be saints" (Rom. 1:7). To the church in Corinth he wrote "to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints" (1 Cor. 1:2), and writing again he addresses them as well as all those in Achaia as "saints" (2 Cor. 1:1). Paul writes "To the saints which are at Ephesus" (Eph.1:1) and "To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi" (Phil. 1:1) and "To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse" (Col. 1:2).
In these passages, as well as throughout Revelation, the word saints is always used in the plural, and never refers to an individual. Now concerning the subject of God's calling, Paul expresses his hearts passion: "I press toward [am in earnest pursuit of] the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14). To Timothy, Paul wrote of it as a "holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began" (2 Tim. 1:9). To the Thessalonians Paul "exhorted and comforted and charged every one of [them] as a father doth his children, that [they] would walk worthy of God, who hath called [them]unto His kingdom and glory" (1 Thes. 2:11-12). The writer of Hebrews speaks of it as a "heavenly calling" (Heb. 3:1).
So, like it or not, if you and I belong to Christ, we are called to be saints. It is a high calling, a holy calling, a heavenly calling; not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, in Christ Himself. In Paul's day, the Church, "the saints", turned the world upside down. What would happen today, if we did not shrink back from this call, but accepted it, and allowed Him to help us live it? Do you have Him on call waiting? A hurting world is waiting for us to answer.
Have a wonderful day, let Christ bless you, and always remember that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!