The Chair and the Desk, 2/4/16

Today, at the desk, I read this sentence:

“God desires that we respond to His call with faith and trust.”

That is true, but it also makes me pause and ask, “What is God’s call?” It’s a question that people often ask, and I ask myself. This sent me to Logos Bible software, where I got to review some of the things Scripture says about God’s “call” and “God’s will.”

In one sense, these verses aren’t talking about “calling,” that is, what we typically refer to as “vocation.” Taken in context, these verses are actually talking about a whole bunch of different things: Marriage, persecution, prayer, sexuality, the Church, etc. However, if we let Scripture set the terms of what “calling” really is, then these exhortations to extraordinary ways of living ordinary life tell us a lot about God’s directions for his people.

“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus…through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.” (Romans 1:1,5,6)

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints [holy people] in Christ Jesus.” (1 Corinthians 1:2)

“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9)

“If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him…But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7:13,15)

“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Galatians 5:13)

“There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call” (Ephesians 4:4)

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3)

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

“For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for your, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:20-21)

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9)

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