Living worthy of our calling

2020-07-12

Living worthy of our calling

Revelation 19:17(NIV) – “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come and his bride has made herself ready.”

 Living worthy is not an optional extra to Christianity.

We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt.

 By: Pastor George Lehman

 Your legacy is how you ran your race not how you started it.

Acts 26:19-20 (Amp) - Wherefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision, But made known openly first of all to those at Damascus, then at Jerusalem and throughout the whole land of Judea, and also among the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works and live lives consistent with and worthy* of their repentance.

*Qualities that are required

Matthew 3:8 (Amp) - Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance (let your lives prove your change of heart).

The church today is full of “Defeated, lukewarm Christians”.

A “worthy living life” is a difference-making life.

Dr. Bob Moyer’s train ride:

I will never forget Dr. Bob Moyer’s story of how, one day, as he was riding on a train between speaking engagements, he noticed a young man acting strangely.  He would run his hand over the plush-lined seats and as he did, he kept saying, “Wonderful. Wonderful.”  Then he would stare out of the window at the passing countryside and, as he did so he kept saying, “Wonderful. Wonderful.”  He picked up a newspaper, fingered it gingerly and said, “Wonderful.  Wonderful.”  He walked up and down the train coach examining every detail, all the time repeating one word, Wonderful.  Wonderful.”

Finally, Dr. Moyer, overcome with interest left his seat and sat down beside the young man.  “I hope you’re not offended,” he said, “but tell me, why do you keep repeating the word ‘Wonderful’?  Do you feel well?

Are you all right?”  The young man smiled broadly and said, “I guess I do appear to be acting strangely, but up until today I was blind.  Several months ago, they began a series of operations on my eyes.  Today they removed the last bandage and for the first time in my life, I can see.  Look there!  See that little stream and old rail fence?  Isn’t it wonderful?  And look! There’s a farmer with a team of horses.  Isn’t it wonderful?”

Dr. Moyer describes how, as the train slowed for the next station he went back to his seat.  The young man gathered up his baggage and, as the train came to a stop, took one last look around and said, “Wonderful.  Wonderful.”

“I watched him as he jumped from the train.  I saw a lovely young lady wave at him, and then, when he waved back, run into his arms.  I watched them embrace for one long moment, and then I saw him push her out to arms length; hold her there as he looked at her for the first time.  Then I saw his lips move, and they whispered, ‘Wonderful.  Wonderful’.

Truly, this is a wonderful salvation.  It surpassed our finite understanding.    Blinded eyes are open.  Sin-stained hearts are cleansed.  Broken lives are healed.  There is new peace.  A new power for today.  A new promise of eternal life tomorrow.  Thanks be to God for such a precious gospel, such a glorious hope, such an awesome Savior.  Saved by the blood of the Lamb.

How I wish men and women would not only receive this New Birth, but also glory in it, glow in it and grow in it.

The saddest, most unhappy person in the world is a Christian living outside the will of God. Those who once tasted the Lord is good.

WHY?

  • Because they know what they missing.
  • They know the peace and indescribable joy of walking close to God.
  • They know the thrill of having prayers answered and seeing souls saved.
  • They know the comfort and protection when all seems lost.
  • They also know their present state and knowing what they could have or should have been.

NB!! I believe that there are three steps in this falling away from our Christ calling.

#1 Preoccupation (Beheptheid)

When a persons life is occupied with the things of the world. (Sower / Seed)

Story of the hunter who purchased a new hunting dog:

On the hunting trip the dog picked up the trail of a buck.  A fox crossed that trail so he followed the fox’s trail.  A rabbit crossed that trail and off the dog went after the rabbit.  A squirrel crossed the trail and the dog went after the squirrel.  When the hunter caught up with the dog, he found him barking triumphantly at the hole of a field mouse.

Like so many Christians:  Such a fine beginning, but such a tragic end.

They end up busy with things that have no real eternal significance.

End up going through life with no zeal, no passion and no enthusiasm.

#2 Indifference (Onverskilligheid)

Lack of interest, poor quality, unimportance.

The truth is there are those who have grown cold and indifferent to the love of God.

Revelation 2:4-5 (Amp) - But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].  Remember then from what heights you have fallen.  Repent (change the inner man to meet God’s will) and do the works you did previously [when first you knew the Lord], or else I will visit you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you change your mind and repent.

It’s understandable for an unsaved person to feel that way, but for a Christian it seems impossible, but the church is full of them.

Christians who loved God, prayed and read the Bible regularly, never missed a gathering, a prayer meeting or cell or a church service.

But because of preoccupation of the world, they become indifferent to God’s things.

Out of indifference grows the 3rd step.

#3 Wilful rejection of God’s will for your life.

Becoming a Christian is only the start of the race.  It really does matter how you live.

Acts 26:20 (Amp) - … and do works and live lives consistent with and worthy of their repentance

We cannot just have exterior appearances of a Christian.

Our lives must be a reflection of…

Acts 24:16 - (Amp) - Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself [mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring* in all respects] to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men.

*endeavouring = to earnestly do things

1 Thessalonians 4:3 (Amp) - It is God’s will that you should be sanctified*

*SanctifiedSet apart; separated for pure and holy living. (Devoted)

Ephesians 5:17 (Amp) - Therefore don’t be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

It’s not good enough to watch church on Facebook or Youtube once a week.  That’s not good enough.  God has called us to a life fully surrendered to Him.

The good news is:

  • It’s never too late to change.
  • His awesome grace is sufficient for you.

Make a quality choice!

  1. To surrender.

Your want, to God’s will.

Colossians 1:9-10(NIV) – 9For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will, through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.

  1. Develop a positive growth plan.

It’s not as important as to how many times you’ve been through the Bible.  It’s how many times has the bible been through you?

Are you reading the word this July? (Challenge)

  1. Develop faithful habits of…

Bible study and prayer; sharing your faith.

Titus 3:8 (NIV) - This is a trustworthy saying.  And I want you to stress these things so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote* themselves to doing what is good.

*Devote: Give up (oneself) one’s efforts and possessions exclusively to a person.

May it be said of you: That you lived a life worthy of your calling like a bride making herself ready.

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