Our Call

by  Allen Logan

Once there was a King called forth by the Father, who came forth among us and humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. The need for this, beyond our obvious need for redemption; was that the only way to defeat the pride of Satan was with the humility of the cross. This path of humility is I believe foundational for the existence of true biblical unity.

Psalm 133 speaks to us of the goodness of being in unity. In verse three, unity is compared in a figurative sense to the dew of Hermon. To better understand what the Lord is speaking here, it would be a good idea to take a quick look at what the ‘dew of Hermon’ is. Mt. Hermon is situated at the northernmost border of Israel and receives moisture in the form of rain, dew, and snow. This moisture is the source for springs that feed into the Sea of Galilee, which in turn is the source of water for the Jordan River. Ultimately this ‘dew’ is one of the primary sources for life-sustaining water throughout the land of Israel.

As one considers the spiritual implications of this, we can see that being in unity (whether in each local congregation or across denominational lines) is vital for the issuing forth of God’s life-giving love and mercy into the parched neighborhoods that we live in.

Isaiah 35:5-7 says –

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,

And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.

Then the lame shall leap like a deer,

And the tongue of the dumb sing.

For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,

And streams in the desert.

The parched ground shall become a pool,

And the thirsty land springs of water;

In the habitation of jackals, where each lay,

There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

Having said this much, it would be good to remember that the battle for unity begins with the thoughts and intent of the heart; the place where lofty thoughts either exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, or they are brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

In Genesis 11, we find a story about a people who had a desire to ‘make a name for ourselves’ with the end result being the confusion of their speech and the end of their little building project.

Since we know that God is not the author of confusion, one can conclude that the cause of this babel stemmed from a desire of men to make a name for themselves, with the root cause of this being the pride of life.

The danger of Babel is a very real threat to the church today. Too long we have been divided where the language we speak seems like total confusion to the world around us. The doctrinal differences that seem to divide us need not be set aside as I believe that some of the range of beliefs that are in the body of Christ only serve as signposts to specific callings since “There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.” (1 Cor. 12:5) Paul encourages the believers in Ephesians 4 to “...walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

It is certainly true that God has always promoted godly men to positions of prominence within the Body of Christ. However, it is also equally true that the men and women who seem to have made an eternal impact in this world are the ones whose lives are lived in the shadow of the Cross- knowing that the Lamb of God alone is worthy ... “To receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

This type of leader has a sense of God’s anointing not only on his life, but also on the lives of those who serve with him in the Lord’s vineyard. This type of leader will truly let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind (he will) esteem others better than himself. (Phil 2:3) He or she understands that the blessings of the Lord are commanded where God’s children walk as one.

Micah 6:8 says–

              He has shown you, O man, what is good;

              And what does the LORD require of you

              But to do justly,

              To love mercy,

              And to walk humbly with your God?

This is our call.

Jesus made this calling a little clearer when He declared: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. (Matt. 16:24-25)

 

The body of  Christ isn't in need of more leaders that try to serve, but the Lord is looking for servants who will lead.

 

How our nation and the world needs true disciples of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ that will simply take up their crosses... no agendas.

 

Remember... “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians. 1:18)

 

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