Monday, May 4, 2015

"The Highest Call"

"I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:14

There is a prize that is laid up for those who receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  We should be "pressing" toward it.  Those who faithfully run, and finish, this race of life staying connected to Him will receive it when they stand before Him. 

There is also a high calling that we are to be "pressing" toward.  That high calling is not some lofty position that we hold in church.  It is not some great ministry that we might aspire to.  It is not some religious vocation.  There is a call to service that the Lord places on all of us, but this "high calling" is far more valuable and greater than any religious title or work that we might be called to do.  It is much more important.  It is also the one that is most taken for granted.

What is this "high calling"?  It is the same as the "prize".  It is Jesus Himself.  Our highest call is to come into a place of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is a call to "know Him".  It is a call to come and sit at His feet and love on Him.  It is a call to become one with Him.  It is a call to love Him with all our heart, soul, strength and mind.  When asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus didn't say it was to do some "work"-- don't kill, don't steal, feed the poor, don't lie, don't mistreat people, give tithes, sing in a choir.  He said the greatest was to "love God with everything that is in you".  This is our "high calling".  Everything else we do stems from it and is a by-product of it. 

On the day when we stand before Jesus, it won't be about the works we did.  Many will profess that they did great and miraculous works in His name, but He will tell them to depart because He did not know them.  Knowing Him is the greatest work-- it is our high calling.  Have you made it yours?

Have a great day.  Our highest calling is to know the Lord in an intimate and deep personal way.    

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