Saturday, November 30

Called

Scripture: Romans 1-4

Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God—

Romans 1:6–7 And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. 7 To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Observation

Three times in the first 7 verses, Paul uses the word “called.”  

First, he is called to be an apostle.  God called him and sent him.  This was Paul’s specific and unique calling—not everyone is called to be an apostle.

The next two uses of the word are more universal.  The Roman Christians are all “called to belong to Jesus,” literally, called of Jesus.  This is Jesus’ call to follow Him, to become a disciple.  And they are all “called to be saints,” literally, called to be holy ones, set apart for God and His purposes.  

Application

Each of us has one or more specific callings.  For example, I am called to be a pastor.  I am called to be the husband of my wife and father to my children.  Your calling may be related to your job, or some other interest, or your relationships.  Do you know your specific calling and are you living into it?

Each of us also share the universal calling of Jesus to follow Him and become His holy people—saints.  The word “saint” has become, well… “sainted.”  It has been sanctified and is only used of a tiny handful of exceptional people whose piety is unusual.  But in the New Testament, it was used of all Christians.  Each of us is set apart for God’s purposes, holy, a saint.  This is our calling, and we need to live into it.  

Today, with the help of Jesus, I will live into my high calling—both the specific and universal.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for calling me.  Now help me to live into your calling, follow you closely and live for your purposes.