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His High Calling

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on January 8, 2022

The Apostle Paul’s testimony was defined with Scripture, especially regarding his spiritual goals in life, faithfully serving the Lord: “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” (Philippians 3:13). So, just exactly what was it that he had in mind when he was “reaching forth” regarding THOSE THINGS yet to be achieved, set before him? The context is clear; he desired to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (v. 14). Paul is therefore challenging us to have spiritual goals in life, and those plans and purposes need to be specifically HIS, as they regard the very Spirit of the Lord relating to our high calling in Christ. It’s been said that most Christians don’t plan to fail in their walk as believers, they just fail to plan, having no Biblical sights set, or challenged by God’s Word, empowered by his indwelling Spirit. We have to ask ourselves: just what is it that needs to be the motivator in our Christianity? The answer is found NOT necessarily in what we believe, but in whom we believe, and what HE desires to do, empowering our lives. “If our goals are not from God, and according to his will, even our successes are failures” (Rogers). May we then take a new look at Paul’s objectives in life, and “reach forth” and “press toward” regarding the spiritual-biblical ideals of our prized high calling that the Lord has set for us for the days ahead.

It’s been said, “Spiritual people do spiritual things.” Well said, but the doing of the spiritual involved in those who are spiritual must first come from the Spirit initiating the doing. Back to Paul and his “pressing and reaching” - it was all about the believer “knowing him” (Philippians 3:10), which is a “coming to know him in a personal way, for you then to live and speak of him” (Strong). Therefrom, a testimony is established, and spiritual goals are then set in the heart of one “in the know” of the Lord. So, we are talking about a spiritual knowledge; knowing HIM SPIRITUAL, which is more than just having knowledge “about him.” So, let’s address the Spirit of the Lord regarding the one born of the Spirit (John 3:3). In that very same context John tells us that “the wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth, so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). As the wind moves at God’s ordained will, so is the will of God regarding HIS SPIRIT; he is sovereign and knoweth the hearts of all believers. As the wind operates according to HIS fixed laws, so does the blessed, precious Spirit of the LIVING GOD: Invisible, directional, selective, sensitive, personal, and powerful. When it comes right down to the goals, involving the knowing, the pressing, and the reaching, the Spirit of God knows those hearts that are receptive, fixed on HIS Spirit, and not on their own self-directed, life-less spirit. However, with those so surrendered and dedicated to his cause, the Spirit is fixed on them that they “may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (v. 12. The Lord “apprehends” (lays hold of as one’s own) as the believer “apprehends” (exactly, the same relational activity). Charles Spurgeon speaks of that relationship as the “strengthening of the soul, and lifting the spiritual toward eternal things.” He then gives his admonition from his personal testimony: “Oh, that I may in this sense feel the Lord dealing with me. A sense of the divine presence!” He tells us why, with regards to “when my corruptions rage, my faith is weak, my devotion is cold - all these reasons why HIS HAND shall be laid upon me.” So, in conclusion; it’s all about the Lord and his hand upon the life of the one desiring to have HIS HAND divinely placed on him in order to accomplish the “high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” So then, here’s some most important questions: How high is the perception of that calling of yours? Any spiritual goals for the year ahead? Ask yourself, do I need to replace my own ideals or redirect some plans to seek the real prize in life: HIS HIGH CALLNG?