The Call of God
“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
II Timothy 1:9
One of the most important facets of the grace of God is the initiative of God. God takes the initiative, not only with regard to salvation, but to everything in our lives (II Corinthians 4:15). He does not sit back and wait for us to find Him. He takes the initiative to seek us.
The hope of God’s calling is Him in us. God’s calling is a personal journey with Him. He wants us to live as ourselves on earth and to do what is in us to do (Ephesians 2:10). When we stand firm in our gifted position, a child of the living God, endowed with His Holy Spirit, we can look within and see what is in our heart to do.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew us before we were born. He designed a magnificent and unique plan for each of us (Romans 8:29, Jeremiah 1:5).
Ordained is to invest one with authority, to belong and become a part of a new order. Sanctified means we are designed by God to be able to be and to do what He prescribed (I Corinthians 1:2). When we accept Jesus as Savior, the Holy Spirit enters our life to make this possible (Acts 2:38). By Him in us, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
The words of Jesus, “I have chosen you, you haven’t chosen Me” is a personal revelation that He lives in us. It’s not by self-effort, chance or ability that He called us to be His (John 15:16). We have been chosen and blessed prior to the creation of the world, adopted into the family of God without fault or blemish (Ephesians 1:4). The feeling of being accepted gives us freedom to express who God intended us to be and do what God intended us to do.
Everything God promises in His Word has already been done. We only need to believe to receive it by faith and trust that God’s Word is true. The provisions of God, found in His promises, are activated when the Word we hear and speak is mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:1-2). By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ and what He paid for, we receive His promise of provision for all things (II Corinthians 4:15).
We are designed to experience what we desire and believe. This motivates us to continue to practice changing our human beliefs by renewing our minds based on God’s Word (Romans 12:2). When Jesus said, “…as you have believed, so it be done for you” (Matthew 8:13), He gives us a supernatural key to life, health and peace. “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal Glory by Christ Jesus…” (I Peter 5:10). The same glory Jesus has is given to us and made available as believers in Christ. “And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as WE are one.” (John 17:22). Glory is amazing results. We have the potential for peace and joy for every day and in every circumstance. Whatever needs to be done will be done because we have a thankful, ‘can-do’ attitude. Glory is having the understanding there is a power greater than we are, the Holy Spirit. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that gives us strength to perform in life.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). To be called is knowing all things work together for our good. That is why it is important to choose our words carefully when an unexpected situation comes up. Say, “I can’t wait to see the good that is coming to me though this.” God gives us the power to choose this concept with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Because of Jesus Christ, there is always plenty. I am called by You, Lord. I am called to experience amazing results in my life. I am called to call everything that comes into my world good. Thanks be to God whose mercy endures forever. Amen.