WEDNESDAY 23rd JANUARY, 2019
THEME: CONSIDER YOUR CALL TO SALVATION
PASSAGE: 1COR. 7:17-24
17. But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18. Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. 20. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. 21. Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22. For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23. Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24. Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.
Calling for the Christian is different from religious conversion. The phrase “born again” has lost its meaning and become a fashion today. People speak of born-again Muslims, born-again Christians, born-again professionals, etc. However, being born again means acknowledging that one has repented of sin, Jesus now occupies his heart and Satan has been thrown out of it. God responds by declaring that the one who does this is His child.
Becoming a Christian does not mean a violent break from your past but rather serving God in a new and best way possible under God’s grace. One’s face, social position, education and so on are not important; what is important is the kind of life that is lived (1Cor7:19). Also obedience to God is more important than trying to change one’s circumstances or even seeking freedom from slavery. One’s relationship and standing with God matter far more than one’s position.
Do you still remember the 14 year-old girl, Leah Sharibu, from Yobe State? She refused to renounce her Christian faith in the face of death by Boko Haram. Her case has led to the spread of the gospel. What has your calling as a Christian done for Christ? Have you led others to Christ? Is your call to salvation leading others to Christ in your family, community, office or is it sending people away? Consider your call in whatever position you may be.
HYMN: EMHB 157
1: JESUS calls us! o’er the tumult
Of our life’s wild restless sea,
Day by day His sweet voice soundeth,
Saying: Christian ,follow me-
2: As, of old, apostle heard it
By the Galilean lake,
Turned from home and toil and kindred,
Leaving all for His dear sake.
3: Jesus call us from the worship
Of the vain world’s golden store,
From each idol that would keep us,
Saying : Christian, love Me more!
4: In our joys and in our sorrows,
Days of toil and hours of ease,
Still He calls ,in cares and pleasures,
That we love Him more than these.
5: Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies,
Saviour, make us hear Thy call,
Give our hearts to Thine obedience,
Serve and love Thee best of all
Gal. 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brethren, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love, be servants of one another.”
PRAYER: Lord, don’t allow my calling to be in vain but the promotion of Christ’s gospel where ever You place me in Jesus’ name.