May 28th 2009

An Amazing Calling

“God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful”
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV)

According to the dictionary ‘fellowship’ means “companionship, friendship, the state or relationship of being a companion or associate, sharing mutual interests, activities etc.”

We have been called into a very close and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

By calling us into fellowship with his Son, God started a ‘good work’ in us, which he promised to complete. Because he is faithful, he will complete the work which he began in us. (Philippians 1:6) “The One who calls you is faithful and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

What is the ‘good work’ that God began in us when he called us into fellowship with His Son?

“My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19). It is the very image of Jesus Christ which is right now being formed in us. It is the purpose for which we were born, the reason we have been created. We are at our happiest and life becomes meaningful and fulfilling when we are living in harmony with this purpose. This special calling, which all Christians have been given, should not be taken lightly or for granted, but is to be taken seriously, since God will not change his mind about it. It is irrevocable.

“For God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). That means they cannot be revoked or rescinded. God will not change his mind about having called us into fellowship with his Son. He is faithful and will see us through to the end of our race. He has promised never to leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). This is the highest calling that we can receive, it doesn’t get any better! It includes being called into God’s kingdom and glory (1 Thessalonians 2:12).

Not even the holy angels have received such a high calling. “…are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14) We, as Christians, are the heirs of salvation; we are the ones called into fellowship with the Son and destined to share in his glorious inheritance. We are just the first-fruits of God’s harvest; God’s ultimate purpose is to call all of humanity into this relationship with his Son.

Prayer
Father in heaven, thank you for the amazing calling that you have given to us. Help us to forget what is behind and press on towards our high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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