Confirming One’s Calling and Election
2 Peter 1:3 New International Version (NIV)
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.
Can you see the thought process already? It is of course reminding us of a movie called “Batteries Not Included”. This time though they are included.
Batteries have a > and a < notification an a + and a – The > than indicates fully charged. The < than indicates not charged at all.
Look at our I phones, our I pads, and computers. How upset do we get when there is “no” power? Do you remember being underpowered with Jesus? Perhaps you did not pray or read His Word for quite some time. We just are not geared for that. We will lose our best friend, our first love in life. Imagine the grief that He must feel when we are not with Him. How much He misses us! How much did we realize His vacancy in us?
Imagine those times when you are fully charged! We experience the mysterious sovereign majesty of Jesus. We can see embellished parts of our hearts through His Love. No more feeling sorry for ourselves at all. Now the fullness of His calling and elections are our lives. It is all about Him!
Philippians 1:21New International Version (NIV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Many of you may think, “to die” only means to die and go to Heaven. Look a little deeper and you will remember that we die to self when Jesus comes into our lives. So, we live in Christ because we died to self.
Romans 6:8-12 (NIV)
8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires,
So, we have improved on our ideas to be powered batteries instead of empty batteries. What about the + and -? Those are the contacts provided for a circuitry of energy. If we were to connect the ends of the batteries in the wrong place, the energy would either blow up or do absolutely nothing. That means when we share the Gospel we need the correct connections. The Holy Spirit and God’s Scripture thoroughly equip us for every good work. If we skip that, our plug-ins could “blow up” His Message and miss the blessing, or we wasted His time completely.
I certainly do not want to blow up or waste my time. Something tells me you are thinking the same.