Monday, September 14, 2009
Calling of Christ
20 Let each one remain in the same calling in which he was called. 21 Were you called while a slave? Do not be concerned about it; but if you can be made free, rather use it. 22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. 23 You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. 24 Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called.
1 Corinthians 7:20-24, New King James Version
Calling of Christ
It seems as though some Bible themes appear again and again. Such is the case in today's devotional from 1 Corinthians 7. There are subtle differences, however, and so it is good to ponder these themes again and again. I was struck with this thought while reading 1 Corinthians 7: no Christian is exempt from the calling of Christ.
Coming to Christ changes our lives completely. The life that we had was focused upon ourselves, but now everything has changed. We were not brought to Christ just for the sake of our redemption, although of course, that is what Christ has done for us. Rather, we are saved by Christ's blood, and then left here on this earth to follow the calling of Christ.
That calling is different for each and everyone of us. Paul is telling us in verse 20, that we are called to serve the Lord right where we are. If we are a slave, then we find complete freedom in Christ. If we have lived a life of freedom, consumed with our own desires, we are now slaves of Christ, commanded to obedience to His commands as well as to living our lives completely to His glory, alone.
Let us never forget Paul's reminder.
You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.
As you go about the duties of this day, consider the calling of Christ in your life. What abilities and interests has God given you? What are your circumstances? How can you serve the Lord faithfully right where you are?
I still do not understand why God chooses to use us, the weak things of this world, to advance His kingdom, and yet that is exactly what He does. God calls us, saves us, and then equips us to serve Him for the rest of our lives.
Oh what a Savior we have!
God Bless You,