Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Our High Calling

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We tend to think of sin as something we do. When we lie, cheat, or steal we sin. When we gossip or spread rumors, we sin. These are things we do, but James informs us that sin is also the things we fail to do. He writes, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” (James 4:17). We could go through a day without lying, cheating, stealing, gossiping, etc. and still sin because we failed to do what is right. The priest and the Levite in the story of the good Samaritan sinned by doing nothing. Their sin was passing by on the other side of the road and ignoring a human being in need.

The word sin means to miss the mark. What is the mark? For us, it is Jesus. His life is our goal. We want to imitate him in everything we do. Christianity is about being transformed into his image (2 Cor. 3:18) and following in his footsteps (1 Pet. 2:21). This is what we strive to do, but we often fall short. This should not discourage us. We are on a journey, and it takes time. When we fail to live up to the high standard, we have been called to, then we need to be open and honest. We need to examine ourselves and make changes in our lives. This transformation happens little by little. We continually have to work to reshape our image, which has been marred by a fallen world, in order to look more like Jesus, who came to show us what true humanity looks like.

We need to pay attention, not just to the things we do, but also to the things we fail to do. Christianity is not simply a list of don’ts. It is often about what we do. If we are to be like Jesus, then we will pray, feed the poor, help the sick, eat with sinners, minister to children, and much more. The mark has been set high, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. We are not called to a low calling. We are not called to be mediocre or average. Let us press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).

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One Response to “Our High Calling”

  1. Our Good Friday post has a link to the newly revised Scriptures of Jesus if you are interested, love and light Scott.


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