And those whom he predestined he also called. Romans 8:30a
I do believe in predestination but not in limited atonement. Christ’s death on the cross was for everyone. The call is universal and it is sounded out to all men and women. Jesus showed us the way to heaven, revealed that He is the door, and then announced that He is the Light of the world, but men have always loved darkness rather than light. Instead of the Light being attractive, we are repelled by it. Christ is just not desirable to us. His light is too bright and we shield our eyes from His brilliance and turn away.
So, who will believe if all people love darkness? The ones God specifically calls; the ones whose eyes are opened to see His glory. Ah, this call is personal. This call came to us by name.
Whenever God speaks a word, it is effective.
God spoke a Word and this dead planet began to pulsate with life. What once looked like Mars began to grow green.
God spoke a Word to a dead man, a decaying man, wrapped up like a mummy, and this man came to life. His body regenerated. “Lazarus, come forth!” was the call. God’s Word produced life out of death.
God spoke a Word, called my name, and I was awakened out of spiritual death. The call prompted me to turn and look into the face of Christ. I understood His message of salvation and believed. If He hadn’t spoken to me and opened my eyes, I would have continued on my death march.
Nobody knows whom God will call. Because of that, my heart reaches out to God in prayer for those who haven’t yet heard their name spoken by God. Now, Christ is still unattractive to them, even repulsive. Once God calls their name, they will never be the same.
The call is powerful like an exposing. It transformed a brutal murderer into a zealot. The Damascus road was the place it happened. Paul was the man. I know this transformation, too. Don’t you? The longer I live near Jesus and soak in His Words, the more I cease to know the old me. You’ll never know how many times I read old journals and respond out loud, “What was your problem, Christine?”
The call is to a new life. Run, don’t walk, to Calvary if you are hearing your name whispered in your soul.
Oh, always speak, Lord. I love how You speak to me. Amen