A Sure ElectionBro. David Chancellor
4/25/2004 6:00 PM
Theres more to success than show business. The word of God is what people need. Its what the soul that lasts through the trials of life is built on.
2 Peter 1:8-10
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
There are some graces that should be in us. You can start out to serve God and be lacking some graces. If you find that these graces are lacking in you, then you need to add them, to make your election sure. We need to give diligence that we dont fall short.
What is this calling and election? Its not established by a natural heritage. It is established by the second birth. This is more than a profession. Check up on your standing with God. Make sure that it is what it should be.
1 Peter 1:1-2
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Being called by God out of darkness unto light is what makes us what we are. Theres a transition that takes place. The people of Israel didnt obey God, and because they didnt, theyre not his elect. His calling is not by our heritage; it is from darkness to light. Peter was writing to those who didnt have a Jewish heritage to count on. The Jew has the same calling as everyone else. Its a call from darkness to light. There has to be a transition. Gods calling is determined by the second birth.
1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
The calling is to be saints. The to be here is italicized, meaning that it was inserted by the translators. If we read this without these words it says, called saints. Were called to be saints here and now. Gods sanctification isnt something that takes an entire lifetime to accomplish. Paul says, to them that are sanctified We can be pure right here. When the blood purifies you, youre sanctified. When your heart is pure, youre a saint. Make sure your calling has been to be a saint. If it is, your life will be pure and holy.
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Part of our calling is to have fellowship with Jesus. We can have a heart like him and enjoy his company. We can speak to him as a friend when we pray. We cant have fellowship with Christ if were still sinning. Since hes our friend, we can tell him everything. He can handle what we tell him, and not mishandle it. We can trust him to take care of our every situation. He can handle them better than we can. This is why this is a high calling.
Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
He can deliver us from this present evil world. Some people live a double life. God can deliver from that. He can help us to stand in the face of all that the world throws at us. People will claim to be Christians, but pull us in other ways. These were letting the world come back in. This is why we need to make our calling sure. People get pulled off course. It doesnt have to be that way, because you can check your course. Check it often. Make sure your spiritual compass is set right. Hold on to what he has shown you and dont turn aside to other things. We dont want to miss out. This is why we read and pray. Theres plenty more to find and figure out. Reading and prayer keep us tuned and draw us closer to God.
Others may hurt us and let us down; why does this become an issue between God and us? God isnt to blame for others hurting you and doing you wrong. Whatever others do or dont do, maintain your calling with God. Make sure that your calling is sure. We need to be concerned about what we (not others) do. The issue is how you respond. Handle it, as God would have you handle it. All kinds of things are propagated in the world. Things are done to influence. Regardless of what comes your way, make your calling sure. Things may be said to try to stir you from your calling. Be settled on God. Compare the message to the Bible and see if it has the Spirit of Christ in it. We dont want to lose the standing we have with God.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called. If our calling is what it should be, theres a purpose in it for our lives. God wants to accomplish something through us. He has a job for us to do. You wont get it done if you dont walk worthy of the calling. Be submissive to God. Theres a way to walk. Theres decorum appropriate to Gods saints. We arent here to put on a show. Were the real thing. Live it before the world. Reflect the decorum of a saint. Well confront some things, and may have to deal with them, but we can do so without provoking a confrontation or being controversial. We want the truth to come to peoples understanding. We work on our approach so that we dont push them away. We want them to be receptive to what weve found. We want to lift up Christ by our lives. We want to be sure our calling is sure. Keep a check on yourself. Check out your calling. Keep your relationship with God current. We can be sure theres nothing between God and us.