Nov 14th 2020 Saturday
Title: Blessed Calling
By Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Irene Hong
We must be thankful that God has called us throughout our entire lives; He has called us while we are still in our mother’s womb.
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by His grace, was pleased.
God called me by His grace in my work, ministry and spirit with ethical marking. So we have to act in accordance to the blessed calling.
God’s calling sanctifies us; it is His calling that had made us holy. When we received this calling we are giving up the filthiness to live a holy life. We are Christian because God has called us. Peter told us: “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. (1Peter 2:9) Since we are specially chosen, we must live a life that is equivalent to our calling.
Our lives owill end one day whether they are long or short, we are waiting for grace to be called back to heavenly home.
Many people do not want to leave this dazzling world, if it can be extended then it would be best to extend for as long as possible, while many had died due to heart attack or stroke, and others died in accident. There were others that died due to various kinds of illness, passed away slowly and painfully. Among them are the terminally ill patients who are longing forward to the day of death to arrive early so that they may no longer suffer from their illness and pain. Many others hope for death to come as death may be a good relief.
Death to the Christian is just merely opening of a prison cell door to release the soul that was trapped in the “fleshly prison” to the everlasting freedom in heaven. Death release us from the bondage of sin, to receive the true freedom to live with our savior forever in our heavenly home, enjoying the perfect everlasting joy.
The promise of Jesus: “ In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:2-3)
The place where Jesus has prepared for us:
“God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” and:
“Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Blessed are those that trust Jesus for they will have His calling in their entire life.
Lord, Because of your calling in my life, even though at times I have faced pain, suffering, danger and sickness while running this heavenly path, but I know You will never forsake me nor leave me, Your grace is sufficient for my use, Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life. I want to live every day with a thankful heart. Thanks and pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen!
詩 篇 139:13-16「我的肺腑是你所造的；我在母腹中，你已覆庇我。 我要稱謝你，因我受造，奇妙可畏；你的作為奇妙，這是我心深知道的。 我在暗中受造，在地的深處被聯絡；那時，我的形體並不向你隱藏。 我未成形的體質，你的眼早已看見了；你所定的日子，我尚未度一日,你都寫在你的冊上了。」
很多人不想离开花花世界，能够延長就尽量延長，但有的人因心脏病或中风而猝死 , 有的人死于意外。也有的人因患某种疾病, 缓慢痛苦地死去。其中，得绝症的病患者，心里更期待着死亡早日的到来，让他们能脱离病痛的煎熬。还有些人盼望着死亡的来临，觉得死亡是一个美好的解脱。