This is a series I wrote a few years ago, before my husband and I got married. It was some of the points God began showing me as I was starting a new journey and preparing for the Godly man He had planned for my life. I hope this series helps someone who is looking for THAT man. Remember, you do not have to compromise what God instructs.
This is Part 4:
I Just Called To Say….
The man God has chosen for me will know he has been called by God and will be living to fulfill the call. For each of us, God has a “call” for our lives, a “purpose”. A call is a specific path God has prepared for each of His children to follow. Ephesians 4:11-12 tells us:
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
While it is important this man KNOW his personal call and be working toward reaching that avenue in life, the focus should first and foremost be on the basic purposes God has given ALL believers; the set of rules, responsibilities, qualities, and characteristics to which we have been called. Let’s take a brief look at some of those “callings”.
When we accept Christ and become saved, we have been given a holy calling to GOD’S own purpose and grace.
2 Timothy 1:8-9
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity
Romans 8: 28-30
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
A called man of God will live according to God’s purpose, not his own.
We were called into fellowship with Christ. The transliterated Greek word for fellowship is koinonia. Some of the meanings of this word are: community, communion, joint participation, the share which one has in anything, participation, intimacy .
1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you notice in the definitions of koinonia, fellowship is not a one sided relationship. There must be participation from both sides to have communion, joint participation, or intimacy. I find it so comforting to know God has ordained this kind of relationship with Christ. Wouldn’t this be the most solid foundation that any marriage could be built on? If both people in the relationship have “fellowship, community, participation, intimacy” with Christ, what better experience could there be in building a relationship for that couple.
A called man will have fellowship, a relationship, with Christ.
We have been called to be holy:
1 Corinthians 1:2-3
To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to live a holy life? The definition for a Holy life is given to us in 1 Peter 1:13-16:
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
We are told in Hebrews those who are holy are participants of a heavenly calling:
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
A called man will live a holy and righteous life.
We have been called to witness and make disciples:
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
We clearly notice here witnessing is more than “getting others to accept Christ”. We are to MAKE DISCIPLES, teaching them to observe the commands Christ gave.
A called man will be a witness of Christ’s love for us and a disciple-maker.
We are called to be set apart, to be different from the world around us so we may KNOW the will of God:
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
A called man will be seen as atypical from the world.
We have been called to eternal life:
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
A called man will have accepted this gift of eternal life.
Have you accepted the call God has placed on your life? Have you chosen to live a life purposed by God? Do you have a close relationship abounding in fellowship with Christ? Are you living a holy and righteous life? Are you witnessing and growing disciples for Christ’s Kingdom? Are you recognized as uncommon in worldly standards? Have you taken hold of the eternal life to which you were called?