who called whom

Posted: January 18th, 2010 | Filed under: God | Tags: | 11 Comments »

It’s so important for you to study the scripture for yourself. There are people within the Christian faith who claim to be leaders and masses of people listen to them. They regurgitate whatever they’re told to believe. How will you know if you’re being lied to or mislead of you don’t know the truth? No man is perfect and everyone will get it wrong in some form or another. What they get wrong maybe you can get right. Maybe you can take what you hear that is right and add it to your own scriptural insight to get a better panoramic view of God and His ‘Kingdom life.’

Scripture is controversial, but mostly in the religious culture. If you can’t believe the Bible, then what can you believe? Sometimes we have to choose to trust the scripture in spite of our doctrinal upbringing. That’s not an easy thing to do, but your ‘real life’ depends on it.

Is it true that some people will not ‘choose Christ’?

Yes, it’s true. The whole thing, at best, sounds irrelevant to them. There is nothing you can do to make people see a need for Jesus in their lives. Any attempt that you make ends up making you sound like a self-righteous butt. If they don’t see a need, you try to poke holes in their existence while comparing their lives to yours. It doesn’t take them long to not want anything to do with you because of your ‘Christianity’.

The only way you were able to ‘come’ was by answering a ‘call.’

‘No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.’ -John 6:44 ESV

If you made the decision to become a Christian because of a lifestyle change, the desire to be a ‘better person’, then your decision originated with yourself. It’s not a conversion it’s a modification. You can decorate every aspect of your lives with His name, work in His name and pray in His name, yet still not have a clue who He actually is. Worse, He doesn’t know who you are.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven…-Matthew 7:21 ESV

How do you ‘choose Christ’?

You don’t. Nobody can come unless they are called. People can and do respond to the ‘seed’ scattered by ‘the farmer’, but when the time passes, they will return to what they believe. (Matt13:18-23) The people who belong to Jesus leave a particular flavor to life that some are receptive to and some are oblivious to. Even reception is a gift from God. You are ‘saved by faith’, faith is a gift and that gift is irrevocable.

“This is why I told you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only as a gift from the Father.” -John 6:65

You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you…-John 15:16

You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them. -Matthew 13:11 ESV

…by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.Ephesians 2:8

..the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. -Romans 11:29 ESV

We respond to a call, we don’t initiate it. We are given faith, we can’t summons it. We are given insight, we can’t learn it.

But, can we say no if we’re called? Can we believe the truth but still walk away from it? That’s what I’ll write about tomorrow.


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11 Comments on “who called whom”

  1. 1 Cassie said at 10:37 am on January 18th, 2010:

    As usual I sit here in amazement at the words flowing from your fingers. THANK YOU SO MUCH. It is so rare to see someone so honest about such things. <3 this and you…

  2. 2 Serena Woods said at 11:09 am on January 18th, 2010:

    Thanks, Cassie. 🙂

  3. 3 Dan said at 11:24 am on January 18th, 2010:

    Why do you think our church leadership gets it wrong sometimes?

    This is great, by the way. Can't wait for tomorrow.

  4. 4 Serena Woods said at 11:34 am on January 18th, 2010:

    They're human. They get confident and stop paying attention to their terminology. They take liberties with scripture to make a point they choose instead of letting scripture choose their point. They're human.

    Just thoughts:

    I'm reminded of what it was like, as a kid, to see your teacher at the grocery store. They're your teacher, the smartest people in the world and their only purpose is to teach you. Any sign of being a human is met with confusion and shock. They're a teacher first, then they're a human. They're judged by 'teacher' standards and not 'human' standards. They can't get sick, they can't get pregnant, they can't live at home (as opposed to school) they can't need groceries. It's cute coming from a kid, it's not cute coming from adults in a church.

  5. 5 April said at 4:34 pm on January 18th, 2010:

    Serena, you asked, "Is it true that some people will not choose Christ?" and then went on to say that noone can choose Christ. So, that doesn't make sense to me.

    We definitely can choose to respond to the holy spirit, and that is what I meant when I answered yesterday. Surrender is a choice. This is why I have a problem with Vacation Bible School alter calls. Masses of first graders will go running up to accept Christ as their Savior because their friends went up front…

  6. 6 Rod said at 7:21 pm on January 18th, 2010:

    Serena,

    Good word. Are you reformed in your doctrine? I agree wholeheartedly that God chooses us, we do not choose Him. We don't "accept" Christ, we simply acknowledge Him. Sadly, too many Christians are not more intentional about the words we use and therefore miscommunicate about how we get to heaven. Spurgeon says it best, "God had to choose me before the foundation of the world because he certainly would not have chosen me afterward."

  7. 7 Serena Woods said at 7:42 pm on January 18th, 2010:

    Rod: I don't know what 'reformed' means, but I'd like to have a conversation with Spurgeon.

  8. 8 Serena Woods said at 9:47 pm on January 18th, 2010:

    Hi, April: that’s why I put ‘choose Christ’ in quotations. The purpose of the quotation is to say something in a way that I wouldn’t naturally say, but others do.

    You said, roughly, the same thing my husband said when I made him answer the questions. You’re (both) correct because ‘surrender’ is a response to something. In this case, it’s the ‘call.’

    So it magnifies the point, you can’t ‘choose Christ’ unless He’s chosen you.

  9. 9 April said at 10:02 pm on January 18th, 2010:

    gotcha. 🙂

  10. 10 Sisterlisa said at 6:24 am on January 19th, 2010:

    This is wonderful, as is the second part of this series. When fellowships become so large that people can't ask questions then it gets out of hand. Prophets are subject to prophets and teachers subject to teachers. When they don't question one another in love to establish and confirm with one another what God is showing them, then those who are students don't get a clearer picture of the Truth. Being a prophet and teacher requires humility among one another. They need to receive correction when they are get off track.

    I believe in small groups and open communication during teaching. It helps the unity, trust is developed, and the assembly as a whole can remain subject to Christ as the head. Give a 'leader' too much room without question and he becomes victim to the enemy in becoming a cult leader.

    About 'reformed' I believe the written word says we are to be 'renewed'. The two are very different from one another. Conforming to Jesus Christ is different than reforming into the thoughts of a human teacher.

  11. 11 Michelle said at 8:13 pm on January 24th, 2010:

    Once again, shaking what I thought I believed in a very good way! Gosh, Serena, you seriously have some great spiritual insight. Praise God! 🙂