Who’s Calling, Please?

Ephesians 1:3-7–Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace…

Psalm 37:4-5–Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

1 Cor. 7:17, 20, 24–1But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches….Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called….Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.

            It’s been a while since I’ve written, so I may repeat something I’ve said before.  If you get nothing else from what I say here, get this one point.  Your calling to salvation is not the same as what God wants you to do in your Christian walk after you’re saved.  If you feel especially called by God, check to be sure that is really Him calling.

            I started reading a Christian book wwhich I couldn’t finish, in which the author recounted the call and life of Abraham in Genesis.  He inserted applications to the Christian life regarding God’s call, how we should be obedient, etc.  What he said was good to a point, but I saw a fatal flaw.  In case you haven’t looked lately, you and I aren’t Abraham.  Neither are we Moses, David, one of the twelve apostles, or any other Bible character.  We’re not spiritual Israel either.  You’re you and I’m me.  We’re different from each other.  God has had to deal with us in different ways.

            The one thing we have in common is that God called us out from the rest of humanity to be saved before the world began.  That’s so wonderful and hard to grasp.  Our calling unto salvation is precious.  Jesus Christ shed His blood to secure that salvation for us.

            Be careful when someone tells you God has a call on your life like His call to Abraham or other Bible characters.  Such talk appeals to our flesh, but it can lead to disappointment.  You might call yourself instead of God calling you.  Our only sure calling as believers in Christ is that we were called to salvation.  We also have been given different gifts and abilities by the Holy Spirit to serve Him within His Body.

            I have no idea what God wants you to do specifically, but don’t feel bad if you feel you haven’t received “The Call” to do this or that.  Simply be faithful to Him in the here and now.  The Scriptures offer plenty of guiding principles.  For example, Eph. 2:10 says we were created to do good works.  As noted in the 1 Cor. 7 verses above, we’re not called to a different station in life.  God may lead you somewhere else or to be different than before you were saved, but note Psalm 37:4-5.  Delight first in the Lord Himself, not in what you think you want to do for Him.  That’s an important distinction.  Meditate on what it means.  Look for His leading, not some bolt-from-the-blue dramatic calling.

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