God’s Call and Our Response

A call is what you would do for nothing that others would not do for any amount of money.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”–Jeremiah 29:13.

“God chooses, or elects, people for service. No one in the Old Testament is elected because of greatness (see Deuteronomy 7:7-8), nor does God elect an individual to shower him with blessings. Election is by the grace of God, and it is for the purpose of service to others”–Waylon Bailey, As You Go: Biblical Foundations for Evangelism.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”–Micah 6:8.

“Now go and say to my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has declared: I took you from tending sheep in the pasture and selected you to be the leader of buy people Israel”–2 Samuel 7:8.

“One day soon you will hear that I am dead. Do not believe it. I will then be alive as never before”–American evangelist Dwight L. Moody near the end of his life.

“This is the end, but for me it is the beginning of life”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer shortly before he was executed by the Nazis.

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  1. dr. james willingham
    Oct 08, 2016

    God’s call is also effectual in view of our deadness. If you have read Dr. Drummond’s books on our need for a Third Great Awakening. He closes the book by a quote from Jo0seph Tracy’s work, The Great Awakening. It is well worth one’s time to consider the Sovereign Grace of God. It brings a turmoil, but it also brings a humbling and a reverence for God. It also brings a renewal of society all of which happened in America. The hardest and most difficult of sinners are brought to the feet of Jesus. Our problem is that we do not realize that the five points of grace are really invitations stated in paradoxical forms in order to bring about a transformation of the sinner. In counseling this is called a therapeutic paradoxes. Our Lord used such means in Lk. 4:16-31 and Matthew 15:21-28. Also consider His comments in Mark 10 where He uses the impossible. Think of it the: impossible is the invitation. Dr. Eusden in his declared in His edition of William Ames Marrow of Divinity (now titled The Marrow of Theology that “Predestination is the invitation to begin one’s spiritual pilgrimage..” This was what Whitefield and Edwards and Spurgeon preached with such incredible effectiveness.

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