Summary: Describes the benefits of pursuing God's will.
The Hope of HIS Calling
Illustrate: Catcher Yogi Beara (NY Yankeys) tried to distract Hank Aaron (Milwalki Braves) “You need to hold the bat so that you can read the trademark” Home Hank answered: ”I didn’t come here to read” We need to know why we’re here!!!
REFLECTION: Our passage contains only one very long sentence, centered in this phrase “the hope of His calling.” (Vs 18) We have spent the better part of this year looking at the commands of Christ. I realize that some might fall into the wrong idea that simply “keeping” the Commands of Christ is the end or goal. The truth is that those commands are the guides to the “goal”. The “Goal” is really God’s calling on each of our lives! Paul described it as the “High calling of God in Christ” (Phil. 3:14) to which Paul earnestly pressed.
DIRECTION: Most people spend some portion of their lives and energies pursuing some “goal”, whether it is educational, relational, vocational, or financial. We tend to look at life through a spectrum of “my calling” or goals. The age old question of “What is God’s will for my life?” ought to be asked by every believer. Still, as long as the focus remains on the last part of that question (MY LIFE), Satan and circumstances will usually succeed in sidetracking us.
It is critical to note that the calling belongs to God, just as our lives do. That is why Romans 12:1 says “present your bodies a living sacrifice…” comes before Romans 12:2 “That ye might prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
This morning we’re going to look at some of the benefits of identifying and pursuing the “Hope of His calling” in our lives. Most people live their entire lives without ever experiencing the “Hope of God’s “calling”. His calling addresses many critical issues in life. For example:
1. IT PROVIDES FULFILMENT. (Rev. 4:11; Eccl. 3:11)
A. LACK OF FULFILMENT IS RELATED TO LACK OF PURPOSE.
1) Success is not related to how you “rate” against another, (2 Cor 10:12) but how much of God’s Calling you have accomplished. (2 Tim 4:7) “I have finished MY course…”
Ps. 33:10,11 “The LORD bringeth the counsel (plans or goals) of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel (Plans) of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts (intention) of his heart to all generations.”
Pr. 19:10 “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the LORD.”
B. JESUS’ STATED GOAL WAS TO BRING ETERNAL AND ABUNDANT LIFE. Jn 10:10
Jer. 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
1) The person living in “God’s calling” can be fulfilled, even in an unhappy marriage, job, etc.