Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Calling -

If God gives the call, He gives the confidence. Steve Cleary

Many are called but few get up. - Oliver Herford(1863-1935 ) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.

The call intended is the effectual call of the Holy Spirit, by which the soul is renewed and translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. The only evidence of election is therefore vocation, and the only evidence of vocation, is holiness of heart and life, for we are called into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Compare again Romans 8:29, where believers are said to be "predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son." To this they are effectually called. They are made like Christ. Fellowship includes union and communion. We are called to be partakers of Christ; partakers of his life, as members of his body; and herefore, partakers of his character, of his sufferings here and of his glory hereafter.
Charles Hodge (1797-1878), An Exposition of I Corinthians

God doesn't call people who are qualified. He calls people who are willing, and then He qualifies them. - Richard Parker

God has called me to go, and I will go. I will blaze the trail, though my grave may only become a stepping stone that younger men may follow. - C. T. Studd Leaving his wife and four daughters in England, he sailed, contrary to medical advice, for the heart of Africa in 1910, where he continued to work until his death in 1931.

We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit. A.W. TOZER

When God calls a man, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day, and hate another; or a s princes, who make their subjects favourites, and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no alteration. God's call is founded on His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out his people's sins, but not their names.


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