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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”