I mentioned in a previous post that the church are the called out ones pertaining to The Lord.
What do you make of that word?
In Christian and ‘religious’ circles – we often hear that someone has a ‘calling’. Or has received a ‘calling’.
We used to talk of ‘callings’ in life – doctors, nurses, schoolteachers, and other noble professions.
We might ask if that is still the case?
When does a ‘calling’ become just a job?
‘Called’ – Paul the apostle was ‘called’.
Romans 1/1 – Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God
All true Christians are ‘called’.
There is much to say about this ‘calling’. I will only touch on it, in this relatively short post.
Hebrews 3/1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.
In this verse – ‘calling’ – has an adjective preceding it. – the adjective is Heavenly. Christians are given a heavenly calling.
A calling that comes to us on earth, but is of a completely different nature and experience, and is spiritual – not earthly, sensual and devilish. (James 3/15)
There is the earthly and the heavenly and they are ‘worlds’ apart.
Notice the heavenly calling spoken of, by the Hebrew writer is something, – as one bible version puts it – to ‘partake’ of.
This calling, of course, refers to our future – coming home – totally translated state – into the heaven of heavens to ever be with Christ. (NB: But not just our future).
We are called to go there – to ever be with The Lord.
So there is a place called heaven (I like to refer to it as the heaven of heavens – so we don’t get puerile accusations that we mean the clouds in the sky or outer space or something…)
But true Christians have already been translated into the kingdom of God, even though our bodies are still upon the earth.
Colossians 1/13: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
So the heavenly calling of which true Christians partake of or share in – is firstly and foremostly a spiritual – phenomena, experience and place.
According to scripture we have already been raised up, and are seated together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2/6 …and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
This is the connection every true believer in Christ experiences, whose spirit has been born unto God through Christ Jesus.
You see Christ is seated at the right hand of God the Father. And the new birth – (which is experiencing the result of asking Christ into our innermost beings) brings us into daily contact with the one who is already in the heaven of heavens.
That means we are there also – even though still living in this earthly body.
So the heavenly calling is to be experienced every day. Too often we become ‘earth bound’ in our thinking, and weak in our experience of the heavenly realm that we are called to enjoy in Christ.
Those who do not know (spiritually) The Lord – have only this present earthly, bodily, fallen state of being, to live in.
So can you hear the call?
It comes through the Word of God. How is God going to get your attention as the author of your faith – if you refuse to read the book He has authored? (Hebrews 12/2)
When you ‘expose’ yourself to the Book – you expose yourself to hearing the call.
Romans 10/16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (The Bible)
To hear the call – is to hear the Word.
God has ordained preaching and preachers – it is God’s idea. But there are also false teachers and preachers and prophets.
So turn to the book – to hear the preaching.
And to hear the call to the heavenly relationship God has for all those who will put their trust in Christ.
As you read the book – you will get to know whether God can be trusted in the first place.
Many have a very limited view of God. Based on a few things picked up second-hand over the years. They probably couldn’t even tell you why they believe what they do.
So again – ‘calling’ from God – is into fellowship with Himself. It is of a spiritual nature beginning now in experience and finalising when we pass from this life into His eternal present/presence forever.