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OUR HIGH CALLING IN JESUS
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14.
The most glorious moment in the history of our world came when all the beauty and perfection of God was gathered up and illuminated in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are to share in this life. As we see Jesus Christ, who would not rather be a genuine Christian than anything else? John Wanamaker, one of America's great business tycoons and a great Christian, said, "It may be considered by the world a great thing to be a successful merchant, lawyer, or doctor, but I regard the Christian calling as the greatest of them all."
The world today requires men with the mind and compassion of Christ, and with the knowledge of the greatest truths in the world. We are to excel in the elevation of our thinking, in human interest and concern for all men, in making every day vibrant with the life of Christ in us.
The times in which we live are strenuous. People get infatuated with money, drunk with power, with pleasure. No calm reasoning on life will satisfy hosts of people today. They want more excitement, more power, more wealth. At the same time this world is filled with the eternal tragedy of sin, sin that crucified the Son of God, despised His grace, and trod under foot the matchless love of God.
The physician may work wonders on injured bodies, and that is his power. The lawyer may win his case before the bar by virtue of his brilliance in argument and debate and in the presentation of the evidence. The businessman may amass a fortune, and this is his power.
Christ's life in us is everything. We are to possess His life-power in us above business acumen and sports ability. We are to excel in love for people, for what they are in the sight of God and for what they can become in Christ. What it means to be a Christian can only be believed from lips, words, and actions moved by the love of God.
We can be truly great Christians only with Christlike motives, Christlike obedience to the will of God, Christlike love and the divine power to live that way. The good news is that in Christ we can actually live this way.
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