Not too many people use their phones to call people today. If our phone rings, it gives us a brief scare. “Who’s calling me?” “What do they want?” Why didn’t they just text me?” These are all thoughts that go through people’s minds. When we begin a relationship with Jesus, we are called with a holy calling. He has a purpose for our lives, not based on our efforts, but on his grace.
2 Timothy 1:9
“He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.”
Every Christian has the assurance that their life has purpose and meaning. We are called with a holy calling. What is that calling? To live for Christ and to make him known. Each day we are to set out to live a holy life. This is not by our effort but by our surrender. When we strive to be holy, it dissolves into legalism. When we submit to the Lord and ask him to guide us, we walk under the power of the Holy Spirit.
Make Jesus Known
The second part of our holy calling is to make Jesus known to those in our lives who don’t know him. We need to share the Gospel with those who are going to hell. Do this in a loving, prayerful way. Show them how much Jesus loves them and be yourself, flaws and all. People value authenticity over everything else.
It’s All By Grace
Finally, understand that you were called with a holy calling not because of how talented or special you are but because of Jesus’ grace. We can impress other with our knowledge and our talents, but that doesn’t impress God. Paul tells us in Philippians that those are like filthy rags to him. We are called solely based on the grace of Jesus Christ, and that happened before time began. Everything we have in Christ is through his grace. It is a gift that is freely given.