Monday, April 17, 2017

The Highest Calling Of God

One of the most frequently mentioned attributes of God is the fact that He is not a respecter of persons. He shows no respect (or acceptance) based on appearances, natural abilities, beauty, levels of intelligence, wealth or position. He does, however, according to scripture, respect (or accept) correct offerings, prayer, obedience to His covenants, His commandments, His statutes and to humility.

There are 13 different references to the fact that "God is not a respecter of persons". Both the Apostles Peter, who was the leader of the Apostles, and the Apostle Paul, who wrote half the books of the New Testament, stated that "God is no respecter of persons". Acts 10:34 and Romans 2:11.

We all die; no exceptions; no respect of persons; but God has "devised means that His own, even those banished, will not be expelled from him permanently". "For we must needs die... neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him." 2 Sam.14:14. Every Christian knows the means, by which God, through Christ, devised to restore believers from their sinful "banishment"... separation from God's perfect will for them. God has given every Christian spiritual gifts and a calling which we cannot neglect or avoid without consequences. And God will not change His mind about your gifts and calling. "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." Rom.11:29

So what is God's highest possible calling for you or me, or anyone else for that matter? Is it the ministry, the mission field, deacon, bishop, Apostle, President, Senator, fame, or fortune? No! The highest calling of God for you and every other person is the one he gifted you for and called you to be, called you to train, educate, cultivate, live and do with the talent gifts he gave you. That may be anything from a janitor, nursery keeper, deacon or pastor.  There are not any useless members of the church ... if they are doing the thing God gifted them and called them to do. The Apostle Paul spoke of our spiritual gifts and callings as all equally important ... if we are obedient to the ones our Creator, God, gave us.

1 Cor.12:4-26 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of (languages); to another the interpretation of (languages): But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the bodIf the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
So let us answer the call of God and cultivate our spiritual gifts, use them for his glory and be content with our own calling without envy or jealousy of someone else's gifts or callings. We will be judged by our faithfulness in fulfilling our own gifts and calling ... not someone else's. Yours, used for Him, are God's highest calling.

"And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear..." 1 P.1:17.