What did we do before Caller ID?
The phone rings. We decide whether or not we will answer. We are in control.
The caller has no power over us.
When God says the word “called” in the Bible, we might be tempted to assume the word holds the same meaning as our concept of “call.” But, that assumption would be wrong. When we use our voice to call someone, our words are practically powerless (try calling your kids when they don’t want to come). When God calls, His words at once become a reality.
- When God calls to the universe, “Let there be light.” There is light! (Genesis 1:3)
- When Jesus calls to the storm, “Peace, be still!” The storm quiets! (Mark 4:39)
- When Jesus calls to the demons in the possessed man, “Depart!” The demons leave. (Luke 8:26-31)
- When Jesus calls out from His blood soaked body, “It is finished.” The sins of the guilty are atoned. (John 19:30)
- When the Holy Spirit calls to one dead in his or her trespasses, “Arise and receive obedient faith,” that person comes alive (Ephesians 2:1-8).
The good news, the gospel, is that we are saved by the Holy Spirit calling us alive from our deadness and providing obedient faith in order to accept the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. If we add anything to this gospel, we pervert it, twist it, turn it around, and make it no gospel at all (Galatians 1:6-7). We do nothing to save ourselves, God does it all.
As a believer, my life is better because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are an infinite number of ways my life is better. I’ve listed just 6 below because I think these are six on which all Christians will agree.
My life is better because the Truth of Jesus Christ has saturated both my mind and my heart. (Galatians 1:6-9)
My life is better because there is Power in me.(Galatians 1:6)
The One who called me to life and faith is the same One who raised Jesus from the dead. He keeps me, enlightens my path, gives me joy unspeakable, peace beyond understanding, and empowers me to obey the Law of Christ.
My life is better because I have been rescued from the darkness of this present age. (Galatians 1:4)
As the news of crime, terror, injustice, and unethical practices fill the airwaves, I recognize that I am rescued from this age and am called to be a minister of reconciliation and an ambassador of Christ to aid in the rescue of others (2 Corinthians 5). I am rescued from this evil age because Jesus cried from the cross, “My God My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46)
My life is better because I recognize that when I sin, I am persecuting, Jesus Christ. God the Son. (Acts 9:4-5)
When I realize that God was born in poverty, became a carpenter, lived a perfect life-when that truth melts my heart, I stop obeying in order to gain the One….I obey out of love for the One.
My life is better because God becomes more real to me when I am alone.(Psalm 1:2; Psalm 62:2; Psalm 91:1; Matthew 6:6, 33, 14:22-23).
I desire to spend my alone time with Jesus! The gospel penetrates my heart, and I look forward to our alone time. I learn from Him, draw comfort from Him, seek His wisdom, lean on His everlasting arms, find shelter in His wings, marvel at the weight of His glory, laugh with Him, sing with Him, write to Him, talk to Him, cry out to Him!
My life is better because people around me notice God. (Galatians 1:24)
In Galatians 1:24 Paul says, “And they glorified God because of me.” When the unperverted Gospel is real in my life, people on occasion notice God. Not me. God.
I am thankful for Caller ID. I like to be in control of the telephone!
My life is better because the Holy Spirit called my name and breathed life into my dry bones.
My life is better because my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bled and died on the cross as a sacrifice for me.