Called to be saints

PAUL, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints… (1 Corinthians 1:1–2, KJV)

There are two types of callings for every believer. I will call  these “general” and “individual.” Both are mentioned in the scripture above. The first is the individual calling of Paul expressed in the words “called to be an apostle.” This was a specific calling for Paul. It was a ministry calling in the House of God. When many of us talk about the “calling,” this is often what we are referring to. But there is a general calling that is not so well known. It is the general calling that applies to every single believer, irrespective of their ministry callings. One facet of this general calling is also mentioned above.

Paul calls the believers “saints”, which essentially means “consecrated,” “sanctified,” or “holy” one. Just in case you did not catch that, it means every single believer in Christ is a saint, a holy one! God has called us to share in His holiness through the Gospel. We have been made holy, righteous, and special. What qualifies you to be a saint is faith in Jesus that makes you a child of God. Just as Paul is called saint Paul, so you are also called “saint —”( you can put your name there!).

You are special and called to be partakers of the divine nature. You do not need to “feel bad” or inferior about this. You did not earn it. You received it as a gift, so enjoy it and be thankful!

MEDITATE

Can you distinguish the general and individual callings of God for the believer in Christ as discussed above?

APPLY THE WORD

If God calls you a saint, then you are what He says, a saint! You may feel awkward about it. A lady once wrote to me that she could not accept truths like this because she feels unworthy. The truth is that rejecting what God has done for reasons such as this is a bigger problem than our unworthiness. Do not allow such unbelief to ruin your spiritual life.  The Father has poured uppon us His love and grace. Receive  and reign in life!

PRAY

Bless the Lord for His astonishing grace poured upon us in Christ. 

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