Dear Precious Saints of MBC
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to this coming Lord's Day.
A few weeks back Connie and I were returning from her 50 year high school reunion in New Jersey. Before the plane took off, I flipped through the pages of the in-flight magazine. We were flying Southwest airlines and I always like to read the article by the company's chairman and CEO. He wrote the following:
Through regular surveys, we ask our Employees how they view their role at Southwest Airlines, and it brings me immense pride to report that more than 70 percent say they consider it a "calling." Not a job, not even a career - a calling. That's pretty powerful, and it's one of the many sources of pride that we cherish.
Not merely a job - but a calling. That observation got me thinking: As Christians, do we see our salvation as a calling like those Southwest Airline Employees view their jobs?
Peter makes the following statement in his first letter to the early Christians: "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (1 Peter 2:9). Later in his second letter to Christians he exhorts them to "make every effort to confirm your calling" (2 Peter 1:10). How is that done? Earlier he says we "make every effort to add to your faith, goodness...knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love (2 Peter 1:5-7). And here's the clincher: Those qualities in increasing measure will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive (2 Peter 1:8).
Have you lost some of your effectiveness? Are you having victory over sin? Are you as productive today as when you came to Christ? Two suggestions: Remember that you've been called by God to serve Him - to be His ambassador - to represent Jesus Christ. We are no longer to live for ourselves but for the one who bought us. Second, that is done effectively and productively by being disciplined in your walk with God. Growing in knowledge and exercising self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
In the light of His glory and grace,
PS - Thank you for praying for me last weekend. I will be having the 4 remaining kidney stones removed surgically on Tuesday, September 25.
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