Lent 2018 | Day #31: Calling

If you are a child of God you have been called. God has a purpose and a place for you within the Body of Christ and in the world. Now, before this gets out of hand, let me correct a common misconception. Whenever I have conversations with people about God’s purpose, too often these folks start painting some majestic mental picture of the kind of life they will now have. They will transform the world. And then if that doesn’t happen, they will feel let down and even disappointed.

What I am getting at is that the calling of God in our lives will look far more ordinary than we may care to admit. The calling of God is not about some transformation of the external things of life. The calling of God is about the relationship that we now have access to because of Jesus.

The fact that we can hear the calling of God’s Spirit to our spirit is a testament to the fact that we have now been brought near to God. We are no longer strangers. We are sons and daughters of God.

The wonder of God’s calling is that he is constantly calling us to come. But can’t we hear him? Let me frame this idea differently. How do we hear the calling of God? We hear it through the preaching of the Gospel. In the declaration of the Gospel God calls, he calls our attention. He identifies the poison of sin in our souls and then points to the antidote of the Cross.

Whether we understand it or not, God speaks in so many ways. And many of those ways are ordinary. So ordinary in fact that we miss them, but he is there, speaking about the life he desires for us to have and the new home Jesus has prepared for us.

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, student, uncle and pastor in Columbus, Georgia. I am also an occasional blogger and growing twitter user.

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