Are there times when you feel like switching off your mobile phone because you do not want to receive a call from your Pastor, Business partner or any other person, or when the phone rings and you see the name on the screen you don’t want to pick up the phone and talk to him or her. You just let the phone ring until it disconnects ant the person on the other side gives up.
There are times that I have done that in my own life even as a Pastor especially when I feel pressed or very low in my spirits and just needs to take a rest from nearly everything. When sharing about the ‘HIGHER CALLING’, I am not sharing about a call from Safaricom, Zain, Orange, Telkom Wireless, Vodacom, MTN or any other because after being in possession of the gadget for almost a decade, I have come to realize that there are times when call from these Companies do not go through or fail because their servers are jammed or they may be having some technical problems.
The ‘HIGHER CALLING’, am sharing with us about is that from above. A calling that is not only available to those who can afford to buy a mobile phone and the airtime but a calling that is free and for all of us who are alive.
I Thessalonians 4:3-8, ‘It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.’
God is calling us today as His sons and daughters to be;
Ø Avoid sexual immorality
Ø Learn to control our bodies
Ø Live holy lives
Though as believers we are aware of the calling and the standards that God has set for us as his sons and daughters we still find ourselves not meeting the standards and we really feel very bad when we realize that there are things that makes us fail. It is high time believers need to be wise and alert in our Christian walk with the Lord Jesus Christ and be aware of the schemes that the enemy (devil) uses to make us unholy.
i. Fear. II Timothy 1:7, ‘For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.’
ii. Loneliness. II Timothy 4:16, ‘At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me.... But the Lord came to my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. ’
iii. Money/Greed. I Timothy 6:9,10, ‘People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with griefs.’
iv. Immorality. I Timothy 5:1,2, ‘Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.’
v. Bitterness. Ephesians 4:31-32, ‘Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.’
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forever more.