Tuesday, April 6, 2010

got a call

Romans 8:28 (NLT) ---And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

The phone rings often.  Honestly, I probably answer it way too often, but I can't just let it ring.  There is something in me that can't let a call go to voice mail.  You get the point.  Yet there are some calls that come that we need to understand.

That verse is amazing.  God said we are literally "called" by Him.  So, what are we called to?

1 Corinthians 1:24 (NLT) --- But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God

God called us to be saved, to be saved, to be related to Him.  That is through the death of Jesus who is the power of God revealed and living in us.

Ephesians 4:1 (NLT) --- Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

God called us to great living, worthy living and purposeful living.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 (NLT) --- God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.

God has called us to be holy and to be clean.  That is to be pure in the things we do.  Maybe a better way to look at this is to live a 'God focused life' which is awesome.

1 Peter 2:21 (NLT) ---For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

God called us to do good to those we come in contact with.  Not to just be good for the sake of being good.  He calls us to be good for the sake of letting others see Him and not us.

The call has gone out.  Have you answered it?  Later this week and in the weeks to come, we are going to talk about how God calls us and how we respond.  But, I stop here.  It is an awesome blessing to be called by God and to be His kids.

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