Jesus calls each of us by name. If you are reading this as a Christian there will have been a moment in time when Jesus called your name, and you responded. It came to me today that Mary Magdalene was the first person called by the risen Lord. The first of us who believed in our “risen” Saviour.
- John 20:16 – Then Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him, “Rabboni.” The Aramaic word “Rabboni” means “Teacher.”
She is the model we should all follow, what did she do when Jesus called her name. She went and told others that she had seen Jesus. This is exactly what Jesus calls us to do.
- Matthew 28:19 – Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
He has called me by name and I am his, he has called me, my name was on his lips, my name that was engraved on his hands spoken out loud, picked out, selected, not just one of the crowd, chosen by Jesus to be victorious, elected to receive his glorious grace, a place reserved for me in his heavenly Kingdom, I’m no longer concerned about public opinion, cos he who counts the stars and knows them by name is the same God who has redeemed me and called me by name, he sees me as worthy to no longer go thirsty, his rivers of living water flow through me, he calls me to share, to dare to be bold, to speak life into those who are weary or out in the cold, he calls me to go out, make disciples of the nations, his desire that all will receive his salvation.
It’s so important to me that I was called, I was actually chosen by God. Think about that, it’s kind of mind blowing but also an incredible responsibility. These are just a few verses which reflect my calling, I am called to bear fruit, to do his purpose, to have hope, to live a holy life, to have fellowship with Jesus, awesome!
- John 15:16 – You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
- Romans 8:28 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
- Philippians 3:14 – I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
- Ephesians 4:4 – There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.
- 2 Timothy 1:9 – He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.
- 1 Corinthians 1:9 – God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I look to the sky, tears fill my eyes as I comprehend the immense act of love that saved me, I choke up, I feel amazed, I praise you with intent, I meant something to you when you died on that cross, I meant something to you and your life was lost because you loved me, your life sacrificed because I needed your light to shine over my life of darkness, I needed your blood to wash me clean, I needed your love to intervene and show me hope, I look to the skies, I wish I could see you now, I wish I could tell you face to face how much it means to have escaped the life I was living, to have this awesome feeling in my heart knowing I will never again be apart from you, I want to thank you personally for choosing me, so here’s what I choose to do I choose to give my life to you, to bear fruit, to press on towards the prize, I realise that I am called to hope, to live a holy life, to live in fellowship with God’s own son, here I come Lord, take my life and let it be dedicated Lord to thee.
Read an interesting comment in my daily reading today – when we become Christians we are called to turn … serve … wait …’
So turn to God, serve him with all our hearts and then wait for him to lead us in the paths he has for us. Turning to God also means turning away from our past and that can mean past behaviours, attitudes and beliefs. I believe God gradually leads us away from things that are not good for us, we become a new creation and that’s when the work starts. Even if you have been a Christian many years God may still be asking you to turn from something, to serve him in a specific way or just to wait on him to see what it is he has for you.
- Matthew 22:37 – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
- Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,
Called out, stop…. do you hear his voice? Called from the mundane to proclaim God’s Kingdom, called from nothing to become God’s own special one, called from death to life; so what of your sacrifice, what part of you are you giving to God, what gift are you giving back to him, do you love him with all your heart or is there a part reserved for other interests, have you given him all your soul (absolutely everything) or are you waiting to see if you get a better offer and have you proffered all of your mind to the Lord, have you relinquished control and asked God to make you whole? To serve or not to serve, do you reserve your time for earthly pleasures, are you storing up treasures here on earth or are you seeking ways to serve, loving your neighbour, imitating your Saviour, is your behaviour that of a Christian, do you stop and listen or hurry on by, do you feel compassion or some kind of irrational annoyance when jobs need doing, are you moving too fast on the highway of life to notice those struggling with fear or strife, those going without their daily bread, those without a roof over their head, when someone says I’m struggling is your immediate thought you should try juggling my commitments, are you resistant to change or do you get it, Jesus exchanged your sin for life eternal and this life is not a rehearsal and you have God’s love at your disposal, the language of God is universal, love one another as he has loved us, Jesus calls us to work for him, to further his Kingdom, so as you turn to him don’t forget to serve him with all your heart, soul and mind and you will find a reward here on earth as well as in heaven, the reward of seeing lives changed and forgiven, the reward of using all the gifts God put in you, the reward of loving like Jesus loves you.