Call to Action
Faith in Jesus Christ and acceptance of the gift of the Holy Spirit is not a checkbox on our tally card of life. It is not a “yeah, when I was in middle school I said that prayer so I’m covered.” Accepting the gift of salvation is both bigger than that and smaller than that at the same time.
It is bigger because, truly accepting the fact that we deserve nothing but eternal death and damnation for our imperfection (sin), but instead Jesus adopted us, while we were sinners, into His family by fully paying the penalty for our sins, is huge. It screams for a transformed life. If this is true… If this is truly the truth… It changes everything. How can we live the same broken way we used to with this reality? How can we continue to dive in and wallow in the filth of our prior sinful life? How can we walk in darkness and hide? How can we waste the hours, minutes and seconds we are given in this life pursuing things that pass instead of things that last forever?
It is smaller because, in reality, we don’t check off the box on our own anyway. Faith itself is a gift. We don’t have the power to raise our hand to accept the gift. We are blind and deaf to the message of salvation. We are a grain of sand, dust. But through the power of the Holy Spirit, God gives us the power to accept Jesus as our Lord. He breathes spiritual life into us, eternal life, that doesn’t start when we die, that doesn’t start when He returns and we are called out of the grave, but that starts the moment we receive the gift.
Faith is a call to action. It requires transformation, a transformed heart, a transformed mind, transformed desire. It is not earned, but it is also not to be ignored or devalued. What are you being called to do is, in my opion, better worded as who are you being called to become?
Psa: security – the ability to dine in the den of our enemies without fear of evil
Matt: rest – take up yoke and learn for Jesus is gentle and humble in heart and provides rest
1Cor: There are no new temptations – only old tricks – all of which have been defeated before
2Cor: God’s grace is sufficient – we need nothing more, suffering humbles us to His will
Heb: Jesus is the great High Priest, advocating for us, and allowing us to confidently approach God
Rev: Every tear will be wiped away, no more death, crying pain – all the old order will pass away
Love, submit, rejoice, have hope, be strong, live righteously, be in the spirit, pray, turn over our pain and worries, trust, praise God in all things, be comforted, lay down worry and distress to trust in God, be bound in perfect unity with our God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)