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Lay Hold on Your Calling (3 of 4)
And so we don't miss the point of this exhortation, we are told in verse 17, "Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern."
The greatest thing that can happen to us as Christians is that we become heavenly minded. To be heavenly minded is to live every part of your life with the goal of entering into heaven having completed the purpose for which God has called you. To be heavenly minded is not to wait for heaven, but to press on toward the goal of entering heaven having finished what God has called you to accomplish. This passage reveals three important principles in verse 12. We have not yet attained what we are called to take hold of, we have not reached perfection, and we are to press on, toward the call.
1. We have not yet attained - or literally, have not laid hold of the purpose of our calling.
When we enter into fellowship with Christ by surrendering our lives to Him does not mean we automatically accomplish our mission. As a new Christian, you have not yet laid hold of your calling. Even as an older Christian, you may not have found the purpose in which you were called. Jesus is the door that we must enter in order to begin our new life and begin our journey toward Heaven but entering that door is not the finish line. It is a major error to think that once we get our ticket to heaven we have reached our goal. When we begin a new life in Christ without an understanding of our calling, our first purpose is to show ourselves to be faithful stewards and seek out God's purpose. If I can't pass the test of basic stewardship, I will never find the path God has called me find. In Jeremiah God asked the question, "If you can't run with the footmen, how will you contend with the horsemen? If you were wearied in the land of peace, how can you expect to contend among the arrogant nations?" Our calling is not to get ...
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