Many of you know that my New Jersey friend Frank and I are reading through God’s Word together (described here). We’re now in the book of Romans and are reading chapter 1 each day this week. Here is something that I noticed in reading this chapter:
The Apostle Paul is called by God to be an apostle (“a sent one”). Followers of Jesus are also called to do the same. Not in the technical sense of “apostle” (that office is over), but in the sense of being “on mission” for God.
Like Paul we are called to call others to faith in Christ! And please notice that we are not just calling people to believe or have faith, but to the obedience that comes from faith (v. 5).
But our primary calling is to belong to Jesus Christ (v. 6). Upon conversion we become His. We no longer belong to ourselves, but to Him who bought us with His blood!
And, lastly, we are called to be His holy people. Holiness does not come automatically. Of course, salvation is instantaneous and is not assisted in any way by our efforts. But holiness, growing into the likeness of Christ, is a daily battle against our sin natures and a constant make-every-effort life for the believer.