The Call of Grace
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by His grace – Galatians 1:15.
Grace has a call, an expectation, and a manifestation. Grace is defined as the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life. Grace works from the inside out, giving the motivation and energy to do what God Himself is doing.
The hope of His calling by grace is not a wish that has been reduced to human expectations. The expectation of the call of grace is so far removed from human abilities and achievements that we will never, in life perceive the meaning apart from a revelation from the Father.
The call of grace is to reveal God’s Son in us. Notice that there is a separation from the mother’s womb and there is a calling by His grace. Similar to what God was telling Israel. Israel which means the people of God, that He was the One that formed them and had chosen them.
Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee: Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou Jesurun, whom I have chosen. – Isaiah 44:2
It is God who calls, and it is God who chooses, the calling and the choosing indicates that there is no significance for any natural history, family pedigree, if Christ is to be revealed in us, the natural umbilical and some spiritual umbilical cords must be cut and a new life support system must be put in place, the breath of God, and the Spirit of God.
All that is said and done in life as well as ministry should result in Jesus being revealed and represented as He is through words and deeds. Apart from the call of grace, this is impossible, but by God’s grace, its possible. Grace has a very high demand, and no one can fulfill the call except for the God of all grace speaking and working in us. To reach the fullness of God is a matter of grace, and this grace involves the avenues of sufferings.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto His eternal glory, by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. -1st Peter 5:10
For Jesus Christ to be revealed in us will include the identifying marks of the Lord upon us by our suffering.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us. – 2nd Peter 2:12
Suffering doesn’t means sickness in this Scripture, but enduring. To reign is to rule and have dominion over our spirit, soul and body, as well as have dominion over anything that will try to hinder our spiritual progress.
The call of grace is very high, it is a call to growth, both in the divine influence and in the knowledge of Jesus. It is a call for a separated life unto Him.
But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth – 2nd Thessalonians 2:13.
The Spirit without the Word is mute, He has nothing to say. The Word without the Spirit is lifeless, it has no power to act. The work of the Spirit is always united with the work of the Word to convict the believer of the truth. If our pursuit is for God and His purpose for our lives, the next aspect of God’s grace is without limitations.