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"Our Calling"

Ephesians 4:4.

Paul writes to believers here and mentions "your calling." The question, which comes to my mind is this, what does it mean to be one of the called of God? There are many things given us in scripture about our calling and the following is just a small part of the list:

1. We are called with a holy calling (II Tim. 1:9).

2. We are partakers of the heavenly calling (Heb. 3:1).

3. This call is personal (Jn. 10:3).

4. We have been called to glory and virtue (II Pet. 1:3).

5. We have been called unto God’s eternal glory (I Pet. 5:10).

6. We are called to inherit a blessing (I Pet. 3:9).

7. We have been called out of darkness into God’s marvelous light (I Pet. 2:9).

8. We have been called unto eternal life (I Tim. 6:12).

9. We have been called by the gospel of Christ (II Thess. 2:14).

10. We have been called unto holiness (I Thess. 4:7).

11. We are called to let the peace of God rule in our hearts as one body (Col. 3:15).

12. There is one hope of our calling (Eph. 4:4).

13. We have been called unto liberty (Gal. 5:13).

14. We have been called by God’s grace (Gal. 1:15).

15. We have been called into the grace of Christ (Gal. 1:6).

16. Not many of some kinds of people are called (I Cor. 1:26).

17. We are called unto the fellowship of God’s Son Jesus Christ our Lord (I Cor. 1:9).

18. We are called saints (I Cor. 1:2).

19. Our calling is surrounded by many other blessings (Rom. 8:28-30).

20. We are the called of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:6).

With so many things to be said about our calling by God one would think preachers would have much to say about calling. But alas, little is said, and those things that are said are generally of little value. Just the twenty previous references are enough to keep the heart and mind occupied about calling for years. Nevertheless, I think of my question again and wonder, what is it like to experience such a blessing, which is described in so many glorious ways and in such wonderful language, and could I describe it to others so that they might relate to it in personal terms? I give the following of my experience which I am persuaded is taught in scripture of the called:

Calling brings…

1. The profound sense of personal guilt before God.

I became concerned about my sin (my wicked nature) before God and my sins (wicked deeds) against God.

The sins of others no longer gave me excuse, and the excuses for my own sins began to fade away.

2. The knowledge of the justice behind personal condemnation.

I knew the world was under judgment, but…

I deserved to be damned personally, even if no one else ever was.

God would be just in giving me up to utter ruin.

God’s word was as though it were confronting me personally, and maybe even me only.

3. The possibility of personal hope in Christ through that same word of God.

If God would accept Christ to suffer in the sinner’s place then what a person this must be!

If Christ suffered in the sinner’s place then complete satisfaction to God it must be!

If Christ suffered in the sinner’s place then maybe He suffered for me!

4. The reality of a God given faith in Christ.

I actually found myself believing what God has said about His Son.

I actually found myself trusting Christ as my righteousness before God.

I actually found myself confident in the person and work of Jesus Christ who supplies all I need to be accepted of the thrice-holy God.

Is it any wonder that "our calling" is spoken of in scripture in such glorious ways and by such wonderful language as it does? Can you relate to these things? Do you find comfort in this great blessing of God in Christ? Is this where "your calling" has brought you – bowed down before the Lord Jesus Christ in faith believing?

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