Because I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, I am holy and I share in God’s heavenly calling. This claim of faith comes from Hebrews 3:1 “Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Our holiness and our heavenly calling both come from and through Jesus. Scripture teaches that our holiness, purity, cleanness comes through Jesus and His death on the cross. Romans 3:22 in the Amplified Bible makes it very clear, “This righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those [Jew or Gentile] who believe [and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as God’s Son]. There is no distinction,” God is impartial and He desires that all receive His righteous through faith in Jesus. Our heavenly calling comes through faith in Jesus. In the gospel’s Jesus’ invitation to follow Him was referred to as a calling. Matthew 9:9 “The Calling of Matthew : 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.” Paul, in speaking to the Ephesians, wrote in 4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
So what does this mean that you are holy and called by Jesus? The state of being holy before God is life changing. Because of our imputed holiness, we are spared the wrath of God because of our sin. When God looks at us He sees the blood of Christ covering us, forgiving us of our sins. The call to faith that we accepted when we made Christ our Savior and Lord is a life long journey with Jesus. He transforms us in body and mind to be more and more like Him through the power of His indwelling Holy Spirit. That heavenly calling sets a path towards eternity with Him. Are you feeling holy? Perhaps you need to spend time in prayer and confession for those sins of omission and commission we commit each day. Are you feeling called? If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, YOU ARE CALLED. Spend some time in prayer and Bible study to see what it is that God wants you to do as you follow Him. We know for sure we are to tell others of Jesus and show Him to the world by our love. Remember the author of Hebrews tells us to “fix our thoughts on Jesus”. He is the source of our power and hope transforming our lives.
Fixing my thoughts on Jesus,