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The call of God

March 9, 2018

2 Timothy 1--9

Touching upon the topic of God’s calling to the ministry, the Verse of the Day for March 9, 2018 comes from 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV):

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

The Amplified Bible offers a more robust rendering:

for He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling [a calling that leads to a consecrated life—a life set apart—a life of purpose], not because of our works [or because of any personal merit—we could do nothing to earn this], but because of His own purpose and grace [His amazing, undeserved favor] which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began [eternal ages ago],

Paul, in the first personal epistle addressed to Timothy, his spiritual son, his true son in the faith, makes reference to those ordained of God, those with “a holy calling,” having a consecrated life, being set apart by grace to fulfill God’s purpose.

Although there may or may not be a public ordination ceremony that acknowledges an individual’s response to the call of God upon his or her life, the hand of God touches those called, chosen, and ordained of God, even before that person is born. As the Psalmist declares:

Psalm 71:6 (AMP):

Upon You have I relied and been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb and You have been my benefactor from that day. My praise is continually of You.

Note what the Word of God says about Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you [and approved of you as My chosen instrument], And before you were born I consecrated you [to Myself as My own]; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

The Verse of the Day and related verses also bring to mind a most memorable event occurring more than 40 years ago when I was first ordained to the Christian ministry.  In reflecting upon my ordination ceremony, I recall a prayer of consecration, the laying on of hands, and a word of prophecy, all of which have been touchstones of inspiration and direction over the years. During that time I was inspired to write a poem which I have revised and would like to share:

The Call of God     

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you to walk worthy of the calling

with which you were called,

Ephesians 4:1

 

The call of God resounds like a repeated name

From the lips of a beloved friend who knows us.

We wait and clearly hear our name and see the flame,

Lighting the path to fulfill God’s divine purpose,

As we choose to embrace a higher destiny.

This holy calling only God can verify.

We know our ears cannot hear; our eyes cannot see;

Yet from the depths of our heart we cannot deny

That we have truly heard and seen what few will know.

We must, therefore, arise and strive to reach the place

Where the mighty rivers of understanding flow,

And we must never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

We stand in the endless line of those ordained of God,

For we have heard and walk forth to heed the call of God.

 

We close with Joe Medrek, who reminds us “God is calling”

God does everything on purpose

December 9, 2017

Romans 8--28

From time to time, instead of the Verse of the Day, our blog entry will feature the Quote of the Day. In this case, we are going to look at this statement from A.W. Tozer, renowned pastor and author.

“Everything God does has purpose and intention behind that design. It is a master design, and every little thing has its proper place and function.”

In reflecting on these comments a number of scriptures come to mind related to the purposes of God.  We are reminded that God is intentional and that He does everything “on purpose.” Solomon declares “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under the heavens.”

Solomon, in his wisdom, goes on to speak about the purposes of God planted in the heart of humanity who yearn to know and fulfill that purpose. There is a universal yearning to know why am I here and what role do I play in the grand scheme of life.

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5)

God has a purpose for everyone, and nothing can stop that purpose from being fulfilled:

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

Job made this discovery: “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

As Christian believers we must recognize that God has saved us and called us to a higher calling:

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace (2 Timothy 1:9).

As believers,

We must arise and strive to reach the place

Where the rivers of understanding flow

And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

In thinking about the Quote of the Day, Romans 8:28 also immediately comes to mind:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. [KJV]

Here is the Amplified Bible rendering:

We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

Romans 8:28, my favorite verse in the Bible, offers this reminder that because God is good, “We know that all things work together for the good, to them that love God, to them that are the called according to His purpose.” So no matter how bad any situation may appear to be, we know that it will work together for the good.

These lyrics also reinforce the message:

When things in life don’t seem to turn out

Just as we think they should,

We know that God still has a grand plan

And works all things together—

He works all things together for our good.

The comments on the Quote of the Day and the related scriptures are summarized in the song: “Intentional” by Travis Greene.

Walking worthy of the calling

August 11, 2015

Ephesians 4--1August is a special month, in that during the eighth month, which symbolizes “new beginnings,” I am celebrating a particular milestone in my life. An event of supreme significance occurred 41 years ago when I was ordained to the Christian ministry. Ordination is the public recognition of a response of an individual to the call of God to serve. The recognition of this inner prompting to be of greater service may have transpired a considerable amount time prior to the actual ordination ceremony. I recall as a child being aware of the presence of God, and as I grew older and was introduced to the Bible, I remember reading the passage in Isaiah 6 where the glory of God overwhelms the Prophet, who responds to the question: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us.” Isaiah answers sayings, “Here am I, send me.” This simple response resonated within me for years, as I also came to understand more fully the words from 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV):

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

This verse brings to mind that most memorable event that occurred August 11, 1974. Today I reflect upon my ordination ceremony which also involved a prayer of consecration, the laying on of hands, and a word of prophecy, all of which have been sources of inspiration and direction over the years. I continue to respond to God whereby I first heard His voice and answered:

The Call             

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you to walk worthy of the calling

with which you were called,

Ephesians 4:1

The call resounds like a repeated name

From the lips of a dear friend who knows you.

I clearly hear my name and see the flame

That lights the path of those whom God foreknew

Would hear and heed a higher destiny.

This calling only God can verify.

My ear cannot hear; my eye cannot see;

Yet within my heart I cannot deny

That I have heard and seen what few will know.

I must arise and strive to reach the place

Where the rivers of understanding flow

And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

I stand in the unbroken line of all

Those who, having heard, rise to heed the call.

I also make reference to my ordination and celebrate this milestone in this poem:

Forty-one Years Ago

Forty has long been universally recognized as an important number,

both on account of the frequency of its occurrence, and the uniformity

of its association with a period of probation, trial, and chastisement. . . .

It is the product of 5 and 8, and points to the action of grace (5),

leading to and ending in revival and renewal (8). (The number eight

also signifies “a new beginning”)

There can be no doubt as to the significance of this primary number [one].  

In all languages it is the symbol of unity.

E.W. Bullinger

Forty-one years ago, the passion to fulfill the call

inflamed deep within my soul a desire to give my all.

In this golden moment, past, present, and future all converge

Where the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God emerge,

As words that God spoke over my life I vividly recall.

“The Teacher” laid hands upon me to bless and to install

Me to lead God’s people and to give my all in all.

In my mind I stand in another place where two roads diverged

Forty-one years ago.

Renewed in strength to run through a troop and leap over a wall,

To fulfill God’s divine calling nothing can ever forestall.

The rivers of understanding God’s purpose and grace still merge.

Today I stand triumphant in Christ Jesus while on the verge

Of a renewed commitment to give all or nothing at all:

Forty-one years ago.

The accompanying video also invites us to “Answer God’s call”

Anointed, a contemporary Christian musical group, offer “The Call.”

2 Timothy 1:9: Reflecting on The Call

March 9, 2015

                                          2_Timothy_1-9

From 2 Timothy 1:9 (NIV) comes the Verse of the Day for March 9, 2015:

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,

This verse brings to mind a most memorable event that occurred 41 years ago when I was ordained to the Christian ministry. In reflecting upon my ordination ceremony which also involved a prayer of consecration, the laying on of hands, and a word of prophecy, all of which have been sources of inspiration and direction over the years, I continue to respond to God whereby I first heard His voice and answered:

The Call             

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord,

beseech you to walk worthy of the calling

with which you were called,

Ephesians 4:1

The call resounds like a repeated name

From the lips of a dear friend who knows you.

I clearly hear my name and see the flame

That lights the path of those whom God foreknew

Would hear and heed a higher destiny.

This calling only God can verify.

My ear cannot hear; my eye cannot see;

Yet within my heart I cannot deny

That I have heard and seen what few will know.

I must arise and strive to reach the place

Where the rivers of understanding flow

And never doubt God’s purpose and His grace.

I stand in the unbroken line of all

Those who, having heard, rise to heed the call.

I make reference to my ordination and celebrate this milestone in this poem:

 

Forty-one Years ago

Forty has long been universally recognized as an important number,                                      

both on account of the frequency of its occurrence, and the uniformity                                        

of its association with a period of probation, trial, and chastisement. . . .                                  

It is the product of 5 and 8, and points to the action of grace (5),                                                    

leading to and ending in revival and renewal (8). (The number eight                                          

also signifies “a new beginning”)

There can be no doubt as to the significance of this primary number [one].

In all languages it is the symbol of unity.

E.W. Bullinger

 

Forty-one years ago, the passion to fulfill the call

Inflamed deep within my soul a desire to give my all.

In this golden moment, past, present, and future all converge

Where the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God emerge,

As words that God spoke over my life I vividly recall.

“The Teacher” laid hands upon me to bless and to install

Me to lead God’s people and to give my all in all.

I my mind I stand in another place where two roads diverged

Forty-one years ago.

Renewed in strength to run through a troop and leap over a wall,

To fulfill God’s divine calling nothing can ever forestall.

The rivers of understanding God’s purpose and grace still merge.

Today I stand triumphant in Christ Jesus while on the verge

Of a renewed commitment to give all or nothing at all:

Forty-one years ago.

 

The accompanying video also invites us to “Answer God’s call”

For a more in-depth discussion of ordination and its personal significance, take a look at this Examiner.com article: