The Call

There are many types of calls for diverse tasks. However, the most important call, which carries a weight for eternity, is the call to be saint; a call to be holy. God, in His great love toward us, has demonstrated His desire for a relationship with us from the beginning of time, demonstrated in the fact of His coming down to talk to Adam and Eve in the cool of the day before they sinned against Him. Adam and Eve became unholy before the holiness of God. And that passed to all generations, as the Bible says, We all have sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Who could save mankind from the claws of the destiny of death? Who would stand in the gap to do so? No one was worthy to do, for all was tainted by sin. Only the Son of God-YAHSHUA, the only and one Son of God, the Lamb of God, would be worthy in His sinless condition. Revelation 5:9 says, And they sing a new song saying, You are worthy to take the scroll ad to break the seals that are on it, for You were saying, and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and You have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign.

God, then fulfilled His promise to men of Genesis 3:15 which says, And I will put enmity between you (the serpent) and the woman and between your offspring and her Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel. Thousands of years had passed since the promise was given; But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to the Law, to purchase the freedom of those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us (Gal. 4:4). At the end of His ordeal, YAHSHUA said, IT IS FINISHED! The purchase of men’s redemption was successfully accomplished. His work pleased the Father and through His Son’s death, reconciliation united God and men, and forgiveness filled the world with peace.  There is however a call sounding through eternity to men to reconcile themselves to God; a call that resonates into the soul of men; a call to repentance. This call is given to all; Men’s responsibility before God is to answer to His call, so that they will also be chosen.  They will be chosen to be justified before God and to be molded into the image of God’s Son. It is by sanctification that we will regain God’s Son image. The image we lost in the Garden of Eden when sin entered the lives of Adam and Eve.

A Macedonia Call

(Acts 16: 9-12; 16-34)

A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from Macedonia stood pleading with him and saying, Come over to Macedonia and help us (vs. 9)!  On the way to answer the “Macedonia call” Paul and Silas had to go through the “fire” being struck with many blows to the point of bleeding; they were thrown into prison (dungeon) with their feet fastened in the stocks (vs. 10). They faced many stumbling blocks, but none of them kept them from losing the focus of the call to Macedonia.  Yes, they were bleeding and hurting physically, and their feet were fastened in the stocks, but they were strong spiritually to face the enemy’s weapons with praises to God, proclaiming His love to all who were listening to them in jail; and their spirits were free in Christ to proclaim the goodness of God.

That was the beginning of the fulfillment of the call.  That stumbling block in front of them didn’t indicate a stop sign or a change of calling, but a yield sign in the calendar of God; an introduction to what God had in store for them.  Their submission to God followed by praises to Him caused heaven’s door to be opened for God’s Power to be expressed through a powerful earthquake, where human powers could do nothing to stop it.