Pastor's Blog

September 8, 2021

What is your Calling?

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

Ephesians 4:1-7

We are in a fight for our souls in a way that we have never been before. Sin was not in God’s original creation, but it was a choice made by Eve after careful consideration of the consequences. We now face the consequences of Adam and Eve’s deliberate sin. We now must choose who to follow, our old sinful man created in the likeness of Adam or the new man created in the likeness of Christ.

Be Holy

We are faced with a similar problem as Adam and Eve: choose sin or holiness. However, God calls us in 1 Peter 1:16 to be holy even as He is holy. That word holy comes from the Greek word ‘haliogue,’ meaning holy, consecrated, sacred, godly. Ultimately, the word holy, for the purposes of this text, means to be set apart.
For believers, to be set apart describes God setting apart his followers from the rest of the world, and your race, creed, nationality, upbringing does not negate the call on your life. You must choose to accept Christ, which has implications on your life. For one, that you will be different from the rest of the world, thus set apart.
I use the word Covenant because God established a covenant through His precious Son Jesus. Jesus fulfills the word of God, which was the covenants in the Old Testament that looked forward to the coming Messiah who would die for our sin. Thus, Jesus declared on the cross, ‘it is finished’ He declared every perfect work that the law requires had been accomplished in him. The result of those who trust in him is being made into his likeness, or the theological word, glorification. Jesus speaks of this in Revelation 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new.” Not some, not a few…ALL, everyone says “ALL”