What is our calling from God? Whether we are running from Him or going through the motions of religious practice while not completely giving our hearts to Him, in either we keep ourselves to ourselves and do not fully open up to the manifest glory and potential of what He could do in and through our lives. What hinders us from fellowshiping with Him daily, praying unceasingly, singing songs to Him in our hearts, and loving unconditionally – not by meeting out stingily to those we think deserve it – but with a love that knows no limits and does not keep score? Why do we hold back? Do we dread what He may require we give up, harbor unforgiveness of past hurts, or want to continue on in our empty pursuits of a life we think can satisfy?
All of our tightly held heart blocks are merely temporary distractions, while His call is eternal. When we see Him face to face and behold His majesty all that held us captive will seem as dross and of no substance. Will we not wonder at how much precious minutes, days, months, and years we wasted spending our physical and mental energies upon a mirage to a fulfilling life, when He offers a life that is full of His presence and purpose. We tinker about with the ways that seem right to a man, we He offers life without limits. He offers a heart set free, not tied to fleshly desires. He offers a path where all is set in order under Him and our hearts can swell with joy in the presence of our Beloved. He offers “all things are possible” yet we often seek a life of limitation and safety.
Why do we not wholeheartedly fling ourselves upon the One who gave his life and became sin for us so that we might be righteous and restored to God? This One is Jesus and His call on our lives is a great honor, for all creation knows Him. Let us say, “Yes and Amen” to the One who woos us, ravishes us with His love, and whispers to our hearts, “there is more.” All things are possible with God.
One thing is certain: the call of Christ is always a promotion. Were Christ to call a king from his throne to preach the gospel to some tribe, that king would be elevated above anything he had known before. Any movement toward Christ is ascent, and any direction away from Him is down. (From A.W. Tozer’s Man, The Dwelling Place of God, 1966)
Let us press on to the high calling of God and do all Jesus said we would do – heal the sick, raise the dead, open blind eyes, create, inspire, and even greater works than these. Even if the world were to reject us, how great is our reward in Him. Even if the world were to mock our following and loving Him with all our heart, soul, strength, and might we must remember greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world. Though the world may not understand, let us hold back no longer and take hold of Him who has taken hold of us.
“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.”