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The High Calling of God

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Sermon shared by Mark Hiehle

June 2001
Summary: This sermon sets forth what God has called each Christian to as they live their lives for Him.
Denomination: Nazarene
Audience: Believer adults
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In Philippians 3:14, Paul states his desire and goal. Paulís statement should be ours as well, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." This word translated "high calling" is only found in the Bible here in this verse. Literally translated it means "to be filled up to the brim." Just like a glass filled with water to the very top, so Paul wants to be filled up to the very top with all that God wants for him in Christ. As I did my study, there are four areas of calling that God desires for us. I heard a seminar speaker say that you always need to let people know an overview of any speech you are about to give. The reason he said, was that people can endure just about anything if they know it will end. With that in mind, the four areas of "calling" that God gives to you and I are, Holiness, Intercession, Godliness and Hearlding. Each of these calls is in the form of an acrostic for the word HIGH.

Holiness

1 Thess 4:1-7 tells us that we are to be pure.
2 Tim 2:19-24 tells us that purity and holiness is what God uses. Do you want to be used by the Lord? Then you must be committed to holiness and living a life of purity. Notice verse 19 carefully. The Lord clearly tells us that "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." As a believer, you can not continue to live as you did before coming to Jesus, there must be a change. Paul put it this way in Galations 5:16-23, you must live by the Spirit and not after the desires of the sinful nature. He then clearly lists some of the acts of the sinful nature beginning in verse 19. Do any of these acts sound like what takes place on a regular basis in your life, in your home or in your church? If the answer is yes, the only conclusion you can make is that you are witnessing acts of the sinful nature. It is carnality at work not the behavior of someone who is Spirit lead or filled. On the other hand, Paul also gives a list of what to expect from a Spirit filled life beginning in verse 22. Can I ask you again, does this list typify you, your home or church? If so, it is because the Spirit is at work and in control. Are you fulfilling the call to holiness? The answer is in your actions.
Which list do you see taking place in your life? Are you living by the Spirit or do you see carnality?

Intercession

The second call is to prayer. Jesus said in Matt 21:13, "My house shall be called a house of prayer." Prayer is simply communication and communion with God. Our Heavenly Father wanted a personal relationship with you so much that He had His son die on a cross so that that relationship come happen. You are so important to God and so desired by God that He gave up His only son so that you could know Him and He could commun with you. It is through prayer that we talk with our father. It is through prayer that we express our love to Him. It is through prayer that we come into His presence. The
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