“I marvel that you so soon are being moved
away from Him who called you into the
grace of Christ, to another gospel… (Gal. 1:6)”
“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 us in Christ Jesus before
the eternal times (2 Tim. 1:9).”
We have been lovingly called by God. Being called by God is an absolute gift. It is not something we could ever earn. Grace is “undeserved kindness”. Even when we were at our absolute worse, God sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price we could never pay. He sent His Son Jesus to take on our sins and burdens, nail them to the cross, crucifying our Savior, and on the third day – He rose again!
Since the very beginning, we have been drawn to Christ by His call of love. See, God loves us. We may not deserve it, but He loves us. That reveals how good our gracious Savior is. That He loved us to such an extent that He would do anything to grant us the gift of standing in His Presence.
The truth is – we have offended a holy God. Sin separates us from God – our Savior. Though God is full of love, He is also a God who desires justice. God wants to set everything right in the world, at its proper time. But, He made a way where we can have a close relationship with Him and to fulfill His standard for justice.
In our own strength, we make mistakes. We sin, offending a holy God. Yet even with our most horrible mistakes and sinful nature, God still loves us. He still calls us up. He still intentionally seeks us out. He continues to love us. God has a wonderful plan and purpose for our lives. And, it is an absolute gift.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares
the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to
harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
The plans God has laid up for us, are not the kind we could ever be deserving of. It is an absolute gift. While we know we may be undeserving of such a gift, that’s what makes Jesus such a treasure. Our relationship with Jesus is the best treasure we could ever have. Just as we might have a safety box to place our treasures in, we need to recognize the treasure we have in Jesus Christ – and guard our relationship with Him. We need to guard our relationship with Jesus, because sin paid a devastating cost.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift
of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord
While in our deepest sin, God still calls us up. He knows what we have thought, said, and done, yet He still calls us up. He still loves us. He still pursues us like no other ever would.
“… because he loved us first (1 Jn. 4:19b).”
“Greater love has no one than this: to
lay down one’s life for one’s friends (Jn. 15:13).”
He still invites us to become a part of His spiritual family.
He still invites us to be loved on, by the Author of love.
Lovingly, He draws us out.
He shares His plans for our lives, if we will just hear Him out.
‘Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country
and your kindred and your father’s house to the land
that I will show you (Gen. 12:1).”‘
Hearing God calls us up, is the greatest blessing we could ever have in this life. In our lives, things can get so messy. We can become overwhelmed with what we are not, yet God still calls us up.
He still calls us up to say “I love you. You are worth a lot to me. And, I love you. I just want to be with you. I just want to be your strength. I just want to be your help. I just want to see you live out the endless possibilities when you allow Me to lead in your life.”
God, through His Son Jesus Christ, loudly invites us to step in His Presence blamelessly. He loudly invites us. It is an irresistible offer. Jesus is inviting us to bear His name, and see how He can change our lives – for the better. He is pouring out His life, so we can live a far better life than we could ever think up or imagine.
“Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through
the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has
brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and
blameless as you stand before him without a single fault
This is what God’s call is.
It is God knowing we are sinners, yet providing a way out – so we can be invited to dine at His table! We may not have the money or any of the right apparel, but God is calling us up, inviting us to dine with Him, and paying for everything.
“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David (Is. 55:1-3).”
Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price, so we did not have to. He paved the way, so we can be connected to God – forever. It is not for a day or two, but for all eternity.
“Remain in me, as I also remain in you… (Jn. 15:4a)”
We have been called into the grace of God.
For me, I know I need to begin relying on the grace of God all the more. I need to remember just how big God’s grace is. I need to learn what it means to live a grace-filled life. I need to remember again what it is, I have been called to. And, it’s an absolute gift.
The gift of God’s grace is what we are called to. We are being invited to live a life with Him. We are invited to the best life possible. But, it requires us to do something. Come to Jesus. Recognize the gift we are given through Jesus Christ. God is calling us up right now, inviting us to join Him in this new life He has paved out for us. All we have to do is being willing to go.
How are you choosing to answer God’s invitation to sit at His luxurious table? He is calling you.
I am reminded of this parable that speaks volumes. Please visit Luke 14:15-24 to study this passage.