Answer the Call
4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Every person who names the name of Jesus Christ has a threefold call on his life.
First, God calls us to know His Son Jesus Christ personally through faith. Responding to this call changes everything—our life, our purpose, our eternal destiny—but it’s not the whole story. Some folks think, “I’m saved now—next stop, heaven,” but God’s call doesn’t stop at conversion. It’s just the beginning.
God also calls us to follow Him. Jesus extends the same invitation to you and me that He did to the disciples on the shore of Galilee: “Come follow Me.” This call to discipleship invites you to walk and talk with the Lord every day; it’s an amazing opportunity to know and be known by the Lover of your soul.
But again, God’s summons extends even beyond this to the call to serve Christ. Contrary to many people’s priority lists, working for God is not in the “optional” column. Why? Because God needs you to get His church built? No, He could do it with His feet up. He calls you and me off the bench and into the game because He wants to bless us. Just ask any faithful, fruitful follower of Christ, and they’ll tell you all about the joy of rolling up your sleeves and pouring yourself into the place He’s got for you to serve.
Ephesians 2:8-10 sums up our threefold calling like this: “For by grace you have been saved through faith [the call to conversion]. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works [the call to service], which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them [the call to discipleship].”
Are you experiencing the blessing of obedience to God’s three-fold call? If you obey the call to know Christ, you know the gift of eternal life. If you obey the call to follow Christ, you know fellowship with the Lord that brings increasing faith and joy. If you obey the call to serve Christ, you’re experiencing the rush of investing your life in something greater than your life. It takes obedience in all three aspects to experience the abundant life Christ promises.
If you wonder where your joy is these days, ask yourself how you’re doing in these areas. Then step up and go after the things that God calls you to. You’re gonna get blessed for sure. —James MacDonald
· Where do I stand in relation to God’s call on my life?
· What blessings of obedience have I seen lately?
Prayer – Father, Your gift of grace is too great for me to understand. It astounds me that You not only want to save me from eternal separation from You, but also desire to change me through the works You prepared for me long ago to carry out throughout my life. Forgive me when I don’t accept the full measure of Your grace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.