Called by Grace
The average adult fills many roles in life: spouse, parent, employer or employee, citizen, church member and participant, extended family member. As responsibilities increase, resources grow thin. At some point, we screech to a halt and declare, “No more!”
In some ways, the Christian life is similar—but it is also radically different. When we are called by God into a relationship with Christ, we soon discover that we have been called to far more than salvation and eternal life (2 Thess. 2:13-14). We have been called to be believer-priests (1 Pet. 2:9), to be saints (Rom. 1:7), to be holy (1 Cor. 1:2), to have fellowship with Christ (1 Cor. 1:9), to live in peace (1 Cor. 7:15), to live free from the yoke of the law (Gal. 1:15), to suffer (1 Pet. 2:21), and to live in hope (Eph. 1:18). That is a lot of responsibility! If we were called to accomplish all of this in our own strength, it would be impossible. One additional thing to which God has called us demonstrates why it is not our strength by which we fulfill our callings, but God’s.
Paul often spoke of his calling as an apostle (Rom. 1:1; 1 Cor. 1:1), and that his calling was effected by the grace of God (Rom. 12:3; 15:15; 1 Cor. 15:10; Gal. 2:9). To the believers in Rome he said that each Christian has a calling from God to serve the body of Christ—“in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you . . . according to the grace given us.” Some are prophets, some teachers, some encouragers, some givers, some leaders, and some bestowers of mercy (see others in 1 Cor. 12:28-30). But rather than this calling being “one more thing” we have to do as a Christian, we discover that power is given by grace to accomplish this calling.
Unlike trying to manage a multitude of roles in our own strength, we find that, by grace, the deeper we go into our calling from God the more power we have. Have you identified the grace to serve that God has given you? The more of God’s callings in which you walk, the more grace and strength you will receive.
God’s Promise to You: “When you respond to me by faith, I respond to you by grace.”
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