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This Week We're Looking at Calling
There is a milestone moment in an infant's life, around 6 -7 months of age, that brings great delight to a new parent. Sometimes it occurs with a casual tilt of their head towards you, in other instances, with a wide toothless grin and a mischievous twinkle in their eye.
It is the moment a child responds with certainty to the calling of their name.
As I reflect on this stage of development I am drawn to the parallel between a child’s first recognition of being called by name and our response to the Heavenly Father who calls us—continuously—by name.
And whereas a child grows and matures in the knowledge of who they are, we likewise, as beloved children of God, grow and mature in the depth and breadth of our calling.
God extends His free grace to all. No one is beyond the sound of His voice. And as a newborn babe is received with open arms into the bosom of his mother, we are received by our Heavenly Father as we are. Perfectly designed by the Master but imperfect in our sin.
"For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth." 1 Corinthians 1:26
But like a child, we come to the Lord by faith—in dependence, trust, and belief. And as we "grow up" in our faith, we gain deeper understanding of who we are and whose we are.
"The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints." Ephesians 1:18
"I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called." Ephesians 4:1
Imagine how this world would be awakened and changed if each believer reflected Jesus Christ in their sphere of influence. If we embodied love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22-23). Gifts of His Holy Spirit at work in us and through us for His glory.
And lastly, our Father is...
Calling us to a unique purpose
Now that we are planted in the irrevocable gift of God’s grace, knowing who we are in Christ, and living a spirit-filled life that honours Jesus, we are compelled to participate in His redemptive work in the world.
"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
Our high calling is to know Jesus and to make Him known. To share the Good News of the Gospel message—the power of salvation to those who believe (Romans 1:16b).
And wouldn't you know, our high calling happens in the uniqueness of our purpose. A purpose that is wrapped in the good works prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10) using the gifts and talents He has given us.
Jesus is calling. Tilt your head toward the sound of His voice and say "speak Lord, I am listening".
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What does Calling mean to you?
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