Called

Calling is an interesting thought in the life of a Christian. Actually, it is more than interesting, it is a vital component in following Jesus.

This came up once again as I was reading Romans 1. In the first 7 verses Paul writes that he was “called to be an apostle”, that the Romans were “called to belong to Jesus Christ” and also “called to be his holy people.” It seems to me to be a nice framework from which to think of calling.

First, “called to belong.” This is the foundational calling; the call to be in relationship with Jesus and part of the family.

Second, “called to be holy.” This is the call to live the life he has made possible for each of us (2 Peter 1:3).

Third, “called to be…” This is the call to promote the Kingdom of God and his glory by what we do.

I think of it in familial terms. I’m called to belong to the family (adopted–Rom. 8:15). I’m called to live in a way that reflects well on the family and especially on the Father. I’m called to contribute to the family through chores and my job (in the family business–the Kingdom–see Ephesians 2:10).

In short, I’m called to belong, to live and to contribute.

How cool is that?

–Nils

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