Paying Attention to the Call

1 Peter 1:10-11 (KJV)

Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I was pondering this morning, as I sat wide awake at 3:40 a.m., the fact that we live in an age of technology, so much so that everyone has at their disposal the ability to make and/or take a phone call anywhere in the world, at any time of day or night.  That ability comes in the form of a cellphone.  Everyone has a cell phone.  My senior citizen parents have a cell phone.  My cousin’s 11-year-old sone has a cell phone.  I heard a mom in Walmart recently asking her daughter, who looked to be about 7 or 8 years old, what kind of cell phone she wanted.  Everybody has a cell phone!

Riding on the beltline, in my city, at any given time, you will witness folks talking on their cell phones while driving 60 to 80 miles per hour.  I have even witnessed people texting while driving during rush hour.  One lady held her cell phone on top of her steering wheel while driving, and actually pressed keys to either make a call or send a text.  Astonishing.

It is obviously very important to most of us to be able to make or take the call or text that we will receive or send on our cell phones.  We pay close attention to our cell phones most of the time.  I can think of times when I have been in an office setting, and there will be several people sitting in the waiting room, all of whom are fumbling with their cell phones.  They are either playing games or sending texts or reading texts or something.  Their attention is on their phones.  On Sunday morning, in any given church, there is usually a notice reminding parishioners to silence their cell phones.  The one person who does not take heed to the notice is the one who will receive a call during the service, inadvertently capturing the attention of the worshippers away from the pastor/teacher and onto their cell phones.  Cell phones are attention grabbers.

Ironically, there is a call that is far more important than any call we could get on our cell phones.  The Apostle Peter tells us to “…make your calling and election sure…”  In other words, you are called to do everything in your power to make sure that those around see that God has really chosen you.  That call is of the utmost importance, because it determines where you will spend eternity.  We are called to publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ:  Matthew 10:32-33 says “Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father Which is in heaven…But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father Which is in heaven…”  Jesus is very clear in this passage that He expects us to confess to others that we belong to Him and no other.  The Apostle Paul drives home the same point in Romans 10:9-10, “The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”  Paul is trying to tell us that what we believe in our hearts will come out of our mouths.  I know that’s true because of all of the garbage that I hear spewed over the media…there is such darkness and deception living in the hearts of men now.  The Lord Jesus, however, has called us to a different belief system.  We must believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, and if we believe that by faith, we can be saved.  This is not optional, because there is no other way to enter into the kingdom of heaven.  Acts 4:12 says “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  If we die outside of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no way that we can spend eternity in heaven.  Our destination will be hell, and that is where we will spend all eternity.

My caution to you is this:  even if you think you are saved, but there is any little bit of doubt in your heart, go to the Lord in prayer and repentance.  Ask Him to save you so that you will not be lost for all eternity.  Repentance is a huge part of salvation:  God is a holy God and cannot be in the presence of sin.  Ask Him to forgive you so that your sins can be washed away by the blood of His Son Jesus.  Peter said in Acts 2:38 “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  Confess your sins before the Father, and He will make you clean.  1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  Salvation comes no other way.  You do not want to meet the Father, which every human being will, and have Him turn you away because you turned away from Him.

Go ahead.  Accept the call…

 

      

 

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Happy New Year!!!

Revelation 21:5

And He that sat upon the throne said “Behold, I make all things new…”

Happy New Year!  2015 has begun…

I am not one of those persons who makes new year’s resolutions, because I think of change as something that I can attain anytime of the year…it doesn’t always have to be January 1st.  If, during sometime in the summer or the winter, the Lord convicts my heart of an area where I need to improve, I begin the task of making that improvement right then;  I do not wait until the beginning of the New Year to do so.  I heard it said the other day that gym memberships spike at the beginning of January.  I wonder what they look like around mid-November!

My point is simply this:  the Lord is able to make all things new anytime of the year, anytime of the day, anytime in your life if you will allow Him to.  Repent of last year’s sins…ask the Lord to cleanse you, and He is faithful to do just that.  Ask God to give you new life in Him, and He will make you a new creation.  It doesn’t have to be at any particular time of the year.  It can be right now, where you are sitting, as you are reading these words.  Ask Him with sincerity, and I guarantee you that He will not deny you.  He wants you to be a part of His family.  He wants to make you new.

Happy New Year to you, and may you grow in Him by leaps and bounds in 2015.