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God’s call to all

August 14, 2017

As a young Christian many moons ago, the question “what is God calling you to do?” always made me nervous. Honestly, I rather answer the question “what do you want to do after college?” Somehow, when words like GOD, CALL, and CALLING are used together, I wanted to run away screaming!

Fortunately, I did not run for long before stopping to investigate. Bionically, the word “call” is used most often to refer to God’s initiative to bring people to Christ and to join in his redeeming work in the world. This sense of calling is especially prominent in the letters of Paul, even if the word “call” is actually used, especially in 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.

As sons and daughter of God, our calling to a particular kind of work is secondary to the call to belong to Christ and to participate in his redemptive work. And it is goes way beyond church attendances. The great commission’s call really encompasses everything necessary to make the world what God always intended it to be.

Each of us are called upon by God, to do our part and obeying the call: praying, studying, following, giving, going in sending! His work of redemption can occur in every workplace through justice, healing, reconciliation, compassion, kindness, humility and patience (Colossians 3:12).  God’s call to all is finding and living life in Him and to be so “infectious” that others will run towards Jesus.   For me, it does not mean we need to have a perfect “showroom-ready” lives to impress people, but rather,  1) living boldly in line with our identity as son and daughters of God, and 2) constantly deepening our understanding and experience of Abba’s agape love.

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