The High Calling of God

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

The High Calling of God


Philippians 3:13-16


Scripture:

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: But this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before. 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any think ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.


Background

Lets puts some context into this message: Paul the Apostle of Jesus Christ had a background as a man called Saul that some of us can relate to:



He thought he was right when he was persecuting people (for believing in Christ Jesus); but Christ showed him otherwise that as he persecuted God’s people he was persecuting Him


He thought that he was righteous in his actions (against the followers of Christ) but he soon found out that it was Christ’s righteousness he needed to seek out


He was lost in Pharisaical practices types and shadows but thank God that on the road to Damascus he found Jesus the author and finisher of His faith. He enthusiastically and zealously turned his life around towards Christ and became a successful leader in the cause of Christ   


There are so many examples in the bible whereby God's people took the charge or commands of God and faithfully executed them and we see how the hand of God was magnificent in and around their lives. We see how men of faith used the tools of faith and added obedience and works which resulted in “Freedom” from slavery “Prosperity” from poverty and “Great Success” from failure.

In these last days when we as a people should be making Disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are generally in decline, our efforts can be classed as luke warm, our general rate of growth can be best classed as poor. If we were a business our investors would pull out all their money and re-invest on the on the Muslim religion who are now one of the fastest growing religious groups in the world.



Revelations 3:14-22 reminds us that we need to move with urgency from being lukewarm towards God, being nominal low effort Christians to being Hot for God. When I mean hot for God I mean Zealous. When I say Zealous it is to be enthusiastic in repentance, consecration and devotion to Christ. The fruits of being Zealous for Christ is explored throughout the bible.


Christ, showed through the journey of the Israelites through Moses all the way to the crossing of Jordan through Joshua into the Promised land what the fruits of being obedient and faithful produces. Even within the history of disobedience amongst Gods people there was always a remnant, a special people who stayed the course once their hearts were devoted to God. We see examples in David and initially through Solomon. We see Daniel and his faithfulness produces fruit and prosperity through to Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem right up to the “Voice in the Wilderness” namely John the Baptist and finally through to the conversion of Saul into Paul. Tearing down strongholds after strong holds. Being successful in all areas of faith and life. Exactly as God ordered living according to Gods will.


Introduction


But for too long now God’s people are living up to their Laodicean condition; this is not someth