MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
A Holy Calling
The very act of coming to Jesus is by desire and call of God the Father. We are only able to come to Jesus, to place our trust and faith in Him by the call of God.
For what did Christ Jesus laid hold of Paul? For what great purpose did Jesus stop Paul on that Damascus road? What great purpose did Jesus have for him? Why did Jesus save Him? Everyone who comes to Christ has been laid hold of by Jesus for a purpose.
John 6:44 (NKJV) No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Why would God draw me? What purpose has He laid hold of Me? Paul had the God-given desire to know Jesus. Remember what he said just a few verses earlier?
Philippians 3:10 (NKJV) that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.
Jesus knew Paul and Paul in turn wanted to know Jesus, wanted to know the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering. He followed the purposes of God that God had for Him, even to the point of being conformed with Jesus in His death; The high calling of Jesus. Have you pressed on to lay hold of what Jesus laid hold of you?
2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,
A holy calling;, given to us before time began. That is mind boggling if you think about. The purposes of God for you and me were made before time began. Are we up for the task? Have you discovered your task? It is not up for debate or negotiations.
Romans 11:29 (NKJV) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Paul knew that. And Paul knew that he had not yet arrived.
Philippians 3:13 (NKJV) Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead
Elder Ventrus Norfolk, Angel of the House