Pastor Murrell began this morning by telling us to TIME OUT!
It is time to stop the vehicle, then check the gas, check the engine, check the oil etc”….for we have been going to church for the entire year, but it is time to stop and do an internal check in order to make sure everything is in order for our upcoming Christian journeys…
Is your calling and election really sure?
He goes on to add that “the entire world is called but few are elected or in other words, only some are chosen, and the Lord confirms this in scripture:
We all are called, but how many of us, who say we are Christians can really say and believe deep down inside that we will be elected.?
Which one of us is so obedient to God, His word and will, that if the world ends, tomorrow, they can say, yes I will be part of the elected and God will not say…”Depart from me I never knew you”?
He says in Matthew 7:
22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
In all that we do, can we honestly say that we KNOW Christ?
Do we really know, and honestly live the will of God and obey His commandments or do we only do it in church and before man?
Do we have an intimate relationship with Him?
I believe that God is calling for true Christians who will not only preach the talk, but live the walk; true Christians who will do the will of God and seek intimacy with him and not the “wishy washy” type of hypocrite who will walk the walk in front their friends and in church, then wreck havoc in the home and lead a life of pure immorality. This is definitely not the type of person who will inherit His Kingdom.
To help us, Peter gives us one simple word to help us in our walk to making our calling and election sure. In 2 Peter1:10 he says:
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give DILIGENCE to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall”.
Peter tells us that diligence is key; diligence in the word of God as instrumental to ensuring that your calling and election is sure.
Before this he highlights a few things which we have to do in order to make our election sure as follows:
2 Peter: 5-7
5And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
This is indeed my favourite scripture. I was more than glad to hear the Pastor make reference to it today as one of the many guides which Lord gives us in his word, on which we can fashion our christian journey. This is actually a passage which I used as my own personal guide, when I wanted to find out from God what He wanted in me as a christian and every week, I would meditate on analyse, each word, find scripture relating to each word and ask God to fill me with each quality, before asking him to add the other.
Can you say that you calling and election is sure?
Here are some scriptures that would help us in the journey to making our calling and election sure:
- Matthew 5: 20
- Matthew 7:13
- Matthew 7:21-23
- Matthew 18:3
- Matthew 19:17
- Matthew 23:25
- Mark 9:43-47
- Luke 12:47-18
- John 3:16
- John 18:3
- Revelation 21:27