This week we will be challenged to look at what we believe and how our beliefs influence our lives.
Is your calling thus holy, high, heavenly?
“Those He predestined, He also CALLED.” Romans 8:30
In 2 Timothy 1:9 are these words, “He has saved us, and called us with a holy calling.” As He who has called you is holy–so must you be holy. If you are living in sin–you are not called by God. But if you are truly Christ’s, you can say,“Nothing pains me so much as my sin! I desire to be rid of it! Lord, help me to be holy.”Is this the panting of your heart? Is this the tenor of your life towards obeying His divine will?
In Philippians 3:14, we are told of “the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Is your calling a high calling? Has it ennobled your heart, and set it upon heavenly things? Has it elevated your hopes, your tastes, your desires? Has it upraised the constant tenor of your life, so that you spend it for His glory?
Another test we find in Hebrews 3:1, “Partakers of the heavenly calling.” If man alone calls you, then you are uncalled by God. A heavenly calling is both a calling from heaven–as well as to heaven. Unless you are a stranger here on earth, and are purposely journeying towards your heavenly home–then you have not been called with a heavenly calling. For those who have been called by God declare that they are looking for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God, and that they themselves are strangers and pilgrims upon the earth.
Is your calling thus holy, high, heavenly? Then, beloved, you have been called by God, for such is the calling with which God always calls His redeemed people.
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Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001