Saturday, February 18, 2012

Our Worthy Calling

"I plead with live a life worthy of the calling you have received" (Ephesians 4:1).

 We have received a calling as surely as James and John: "[Jesus] called them, and immediately they abandoned boat and father to follow him." God has indeed appointed a time and a place for us, even though we don't feel like it at times.

Mike left college to help take care of his fiancé who had cancer; Joe left his wife to take care of his girl friend. It's obvious who had the call here. Mike's was appointed; Joe's wife was disappointed. Mike was worthy of the call; Joe was untrustworthy.

Our divine call is to consecration, to decision, to leadership, to love, to repentance, to work, to the good Word and work, to worship--and finally to the gift of resurrection. We do not have to be distinguished or sophisticated; indeed, Christ's first disciples had a notable lack of these worldly qualities.

God gives us high ideals that we may reach out instead of in; up instead of down. We are to have the character of Christ that we may live a life worthy of the blessed calling. He has made it possible for us, for with Him nothing is impossible.

Eph 4:1-7 Mt 9:9-13 Mt 4:22 1 Jn 2:20 Phil 4:13

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