“So that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:12).
GOD CALLS EACH OF US to a living and vital relationship with Himself. One that is characterized by intimacy and passion between us and God. We, having been indwelt by Christ, now will enjoy an eternity with Him.
God then calls us, in fact commands us, to be about “making disciples of all nations” (see Matthew 28:19). This calling to be involved in the purpose of God is universal—all believers are to be engaged. There is no option. The activities and relationships of our life should all reflect Jesus Christ. We exist for such a cause—a cause bigger than ourselves.
Where would God have us live out this relational and universal calling? Our work becomes the context or arena in which we grow relationally to Christ and represent Him to a needy world. This context is unique for every believer, as it encompasses talents, spiritual gifts, experiences, and temperament.
In the words of Václav Havel, “The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less.” It is astounding that the bulk of people on our planet seem to journey through years and even decades without seriously wrestling with the fundamental questions of why they are here and what they want their lives to add up to in the end.
“In scripture, calling is primarily to Someone (God). It is not to go somewhere (a place); it is not to do something (a task). Where we go and what we do is the secondary part of calling, merely the outworking of our primary calling, which is to God.” — Os Guinness
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The devotion above was taken from the 52-week Devotional entitled “Experiencing Christ as Life and Leader”.
Many give a mental assent to this teaching yet are often asking, “What do I do? What does Christ as life look like?“ Too often Christians err by moving too far to one side or the other—reducing the Christian life to a list of do’s and don’ts, or they actually do nothing.
These inspiring weekly devotions are just some of the actions that reflect the life of Christ in each of us, and they explore four areas as we follow the One Leader, Jesus Christ –
- A Foundational Focus
- A Personal Focus
- A Relational Focus
- A Missional Focus
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