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What is my calling?

Baptism in the Holy Spirit as a means to Holiness

 

Sanctification

as
“the calling on our lives”
by
Jose de Carvalho
What is the calling on my life? Is a natural question for a believer, what does the Word has the final authority say? Read on to find out…

Paul indicates that throughout a Christian’s life….., “we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Cor. 3:18).  My exhortation is that we should commit to the process of becoming more like Christ. (Phil. 3:13) “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.” (Phil. 3:14)  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. In the spiritual race that goal is Christ; that is ethical-spiritual perfection in Him. With all his heart the apostle desired to be completely raised above sin.

Believers are so preoccupied trying to find the calling on their lives?  They go on courses, programs, take questioners to find their ministry etc., totally ignoring what the primary call is for all believers: namely to became like Christ and to put on the “new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, conformed to the likeness of Christ” (Col 3:10).The author of Hebrews tells his readers in Heb. 12:14, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”. Do not let sin dominate your lives (Rom.6:14). James encourages his readers to “be doers of the Word and not hearers only” (James 1:22) and Peter tells his readers 1Pet 1:15, “as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”  All the apostles in their exhortations command people to sanctification; thus showing that sanctification is required in the Christian life in deed, thoughts, attitudes as well as words and it is the primary call of the Christian life, “predestined to be conformed to the image of His son”(Rom.8:29). God is at work in you, so cooperate!!!! It is the goal of salvation.

The tragedy is that in so many Christian circles the ‘passive’ role in sanctification, the idea of yielding to God and trusting Him to work in us is sometimes so strongly emphasised that it is the only thing people focus on as the path of sanctification. Sometimes the popular phrase ’let go and let God’ is given as a summary of how to live the Christian life. But this is a tragic distortion of the doctrine of sanctification, for it only speaks of one half of the part we must play, and, by itself, will leave Christians to become lazy and to neglect the ‘active’ role that Scripture commands them to play in their own sanctification. To this end Paul acknowledges that it is “by the Spirit” that we are able to live this life (Rom 8). But he also says we must do it. Paul did not command the Holy Spirit to put to death the deeds of the flesh; he commanded Christians to do it. Rom 6:12, “Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” Rom 6:13, “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”

If any of this is interesting or enriches you, stay connected and travel with me as we migrate in this pilgrimage of life finding ‘what adds meaning to our lives’.

Bible verses, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible copyright 1983 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.