Pastor Jeff Struecker

When we talk about the word ‘called’ in the Bible, it refers to God’s gracious invitation to establish a meaningful relationship with Him. This is a multifaceted term used in various contexts. In the Bible, when we say “called,” it’s ultimately a work of the Holy Spirit for God to put on the hearts of people to come to Him and enjoy a life-changing relationship with God. Even today, the Holy Spirit still guides God’s people to accomplish what God wants.

The Holy Spirit calls God’s people to freedom.  Galatians 5:13 reminds us that through our relationship with God, we are set free from the bondage of sin, death, and the grave. All of this comes by being called by God into a relationship with him. 

Holy Spirit calls God’s people to:

Freedom - Galatians 5:13
Eternal Life - 1 Timothy 6:12
Light - 1 Peter 2:9
Hope - Ephesians 1:18
Holiness - 1 Thessalonians 4:7
Suffering - 1 Peter 2:20

As Christians, we are called to eternal life according to 1 Timothy 6:12. Our time on earth is temporary, and we were created to be eternal beings. Those of us who have been born again are called into eternal life.

As believers, we are summoned by the Holy Spirit to the light, as stated in 1 Peter 2:9. We are called out of the darkness and ushered into God’s glorious light. The Bible depicts Jesus as the light that came into the world when people walked in darkness. We are encouraged to follow that light to see it shining in the midst of darkness and move toward it, leaving darkness behind us. It’s a wonderful calling that we can all embrace with faith and devotion to God, who offers us the promise of eternal life.

The Holy Spirit calls us to hope. That’s what Ephesians 1:18 tells us that we have this eternal, we have this everlasting hope that this hope is part of being called by God out of our sin and into a relationship with Jesus.

We’re called to holiness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 describes this, and we are called to be holy. Like God was holy, like Jesus lived a holy life. In fact, Jesus said, if your holiness, purity, and living doesn’t exceed that of the religious leaders, then you can’t possibly enter the kingdom of Heaven. And what Jesus is saying is that with the Holy Spirit’s supernatural help, you can live the kind of pure, holy life we’re supposed to live.

And according to 1 Peter 2:20, we’re also called the sufferer. It’s part of following Jesus. And I need you to know that the Holy Spirit not only calls you to hope, freedom, and eternal life, but he also calls you while you’re here to suffer. Many Christians struggle with suffering, feeling like they’ve done something wrong or that God doesn’t love them. However, the Bible promises that if we follow Jesus, we will experience suffering while on earth. Take heart, because according to revelation, one day all of our suffering, pain, and tears will be washed away forever. Remember, suffering is part of following Jesus, and all the great men and women of faith also suffered, some even to the point of death.

Several verses in the Bible describe what it means to be called by the Holy Spirit. But maybe one of the most obvious is found in 1 Corinthians. Would you commit one verse of the Bible to memory today?

Memory Verse

Because God is faithful, because God loves you, and God sends His Holy Spirit after you. You have been called into fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ, which means that you have been invited to become a part of His family. This invitation was extended to you because God cares deeply about you and wanted to have a meaningful relationship with you.

God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are all at work reaching people, calling them out of their sins, and calling them into a relationship with Him. So here’s the question.

Challenge

Think back over your life, think back over your faith and how you went from a sinner far from God to a saint in a fellowship or relationship with Jesus Christ? What role did God the Father play in that? What role did God the Son play in that? What role does God, the Holy Spirit right now play in you coming to faith in Jesus.

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