CALL OF GOD! 2-22-2015

posted Feb 21, 2015, 2:50 PM by Dale Barnes

 “...the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for , ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” (Ro.10:12-13, Acts 2:21)  It seems simple, but many times it is a challenge.

When I was a young teen, long ago; I was told to believe in Jesus and my sins would be forgiven. So I thought of the basic things I knew about Christ, and confess them out loud, saying I believe. “I believe you are the son of God. I believe you died for my sins. I believe you was raised from the dead. I believe you are coming again. This mental exercise never gave me assurance that I was truly forgiven.  What does it mean to call on the Lord?

To believe is to take action because a promise has been made. If I call, God will answer. Honesty and humility.are involved.  Don’t make excuses for your sins. Don’t blame others. Don’t tell God that you are better than most people. Humble yourself and freely admit you are a sinner.  You are being honest and truthful.  You have humbled your yourself, and God has promised Grace to the humble. He will respond to the sincere heart..            

Jesus responded to the sincerity of a dying thief. “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” “This day you will be with me in paradise!” (Lu. 23:42-43)  This is not about keeping a set of rules or getting religious.  Why can God respond in such a wonderful way?  Because Christ died for you and me; paid the penalty for our sinfulness. Now God can bestow on us grace (unmerited favor); forgive us completely, and give a new relationship and life with him. We become children of God! There is no deal better than this.