by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday March 28, 2005
When God Calls
Did you ever think of God as "up close and personal"? Instead of being distant and unapproachable, the Creator of the universe has constantly sought to come near to us. In order to save us, He chose to identify with us; He also made it possible for His Spirit to indwell us as our counselor and guide. God extends everyone a personal invitation to have an intimate relationship with Him and to follow Him closely.
If we look at His call to many people throughout Scripture's recorded history, it's clear that this is not a general, vague offer. (Jeremiah 1:5) God desires that you seek Him with all your heart so that you would find Him and the future He has planned for you. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
But before anything else, God's first call to any of us is a call to salvation - He wants us to open the door of our heart so that He can cleanse us and do a transforming work in our lives. He calls you as an individual to receive His forgiveness, love, and a new identity - a spiritual rebirth.
Your eternal destiny depends upon your decision to answer His call with an open heart. To say "yes" is to embark on the adventure of a new life full of purpose - the life with Him that you were created to live. Have you responded to this incredible call on your life? If you have, reaffirm your commitment to Him. If haven't answered His call yet, make today your spiritual birthday by receiving Jesus as your personal Savior and making Him the Lord of your life.
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