Summary: Knowing the general call of a believer, we must also focus on our specific calling. Spending much time in prayer, worship and meditation on God’s Word, will make it clearer. Let the body of Christ assist you in that call and help position you ...
Opening Illustration: God has used this book to cause the conversion of some of the most significant figures in church history. Saint Augustine, the greatest theologian of the first 1000 years of Chris-tian history, was converted while reading the 13th chapter of Romans. Martin Luther recovered the doctrine of justification by faith from reading Romans 1:17, and went on to lead the Protestant Reformation. While listening to the reading of Luther’s Preface to Romans, a discouraged missionary named John Wesley found his heart “strangely warmed” and then and there trusted Christ and Christ alone for salvation. He went on to lead the great evangelical revival of the 18th century. A tinker named John Bunyan was so inspired by reading Romans as he sat in the Bedford jail that he wrote the immortal Pilgrim’s Progress.
Introduction: Has your teacher ever asked for your help? How about your mom or dad asking you to help with chores around the house? What are some of the projects that have needed your attention? What have you been asked to do to help out?
Being asked to help is an honor because the person asking for your help believes that you have the ability to do what is needed. As you help others, you will discover ways to use your special talents. And, we all have talents!
In the Bible Paul tells us that he was called by God to be an apostle. An apostle is a missionary who tells others about Jesus Christ. Paul used his talent as a speaker and a writer to tell others about the love of Jesus. That became his purpose in life.
Paul tells us that God calls all of us. There is something special for each one of us to do. Paul tells us that we "are also called to belong to Jesus Christ" (1:6) which means that each one of us is invited to be a part of the Christian family. Our Christian family needs the special talents that each one of us has. We just need to say, "Yes, I'll help. What may I do?"
God's call is specific for us as well. Although God's call to service is general and for all believers, God's call is specific regarding one's position and location in the harvest field. Some may be sent as missionaries to Africa, some may be called to be evangelists, and some may be sent to a particular local churches as pastors. Some may be Christian educators. Others may be called upon to stay at home as laymen, living for the Lord and serving faithfully in and through the local church. What is important is not how or where we serve the Lord, but that we serve the Lord faithfully to the best of our abilities in the places and capacities of His choosing.
What is every Christian’s calling?
1. Called to be SEPARATED to the gospel (vs. 1-4)
Something else that Paul said of himself was that he had been separated unto the gospel of God. This, of course, refers to the message that Paul was commissioned to carry - the Gospel of God. Perhaps the words "separated unto" might lead to some interesting cogitations and indications. There is nothing special about the word itself - it means what it appears to mean. But following the nine times that it is used in the New Testament opens some interesting doors.