Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Called

December 9: Romans 8-19

22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:22-28, ESV

The Called

Have you been called? I find it interesting that in the United States a large proportion of the population considers themselves to be Christians. If that is truly so, why do we see such moral decline in America, and such acceptance of things blatantly contrary to the Word of God?

Do you groan inwardly for freedom from your own sinful body? Do you wait eagerly for the completion of your adoption as a child of Christ? Do you even have a clue as to the meaning of Romans 8:22-23?

This is not deep theology! As a matter of fact, this is what defines a Christian as a true child of God! As the Holy Spirit guides us and teaches us the truths of the Bible, the normal Christian life is one of growth and continued sanctification. Though it is impossible to reach perfection on this side of heaven, it is true that a Christian becomes more and more like Christ the longer he lives. This process of sanctification causes us to become more and more uncomfortable with the sins of the world, especially the sins in our own hearts, causing us to grown inwardly and long for the life to come when sin will be conquered forever!

Romans 8:28 is a favorite verse of Christians, and is a good one on which to meditate.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

True Christians are the called! What does that mean? Christians are the called according to the purpose of God. While still on this earth, believers have a purpose to fulfill for God; knowing that, they understand that all things do work together for good. As God leads them through this life, He uses the circumstances of their lives to guide them into the way He has chosen for them to go, and hones their love for Him through the trials He allows to come their way.

What an amazing God? He uses the foolish things (that is us) of this world to advance His kingdom here on earth! He could have used the angels, but instead He has chosen us for this purpose.

To borrow a quote from John F. Kennedy (with changes made by me), "Ask not what God can do for you, but ask what you can do for God."

God Bless You,

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