He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1Thessalonians 5:24)
We have a wonderful assurance in this verse for our daily journey towards eternity with Christ. The context is, of course, end times and provides essential teaching and exhortation for every believer in an age of apostasy and trials. Through it all, there remains this powerful truth: that our God, who has called us, is able to preserve us, protect us, and perfect us to present us us holy and righteous on the day of His coming. From an eternal perspective, we have a certainty that, no matter what, He who has called us will ensure, if we walk in surrender and worship through all the storms we may encounter, that our boat will reach safe harbour in His presence.
But if this is true for that awesome, long-awaited day of the glory of the Lord, how much more assurance we have that the same truth applies to the day-by-day journey that takes us towards eternity. It’s so important to hold fast to the knowledge that God is unchanging. His attitude to one thing applies to all. With our God, nothing exists in a vacuum, separated from everything else. His nature remains the same, no matter what the circumstance or situation. If He’s a perfectionist in one thing, then He’s a perfectionist in all. And the daily steps of the journey are as important to Him as the destination. He gives the same attention to everything, great or small, that is part of the process of preparing us for Him.
The purpose and power of the call of God is perfect and eternal.
First, we need to take hold of the fact that it is He who calls us. God calls us. The almighty, omnipotent, omniscient God, creator and sustainer of the universe. We cannot call ourselves. The entire vast existence of God, the I AM of God, is behind and in the call. It’s not random or incidental. It’s a deliberate, premeditated and perfectly executed call. It’s absolute, just as He is. We should never doubt the truth that it is God who calls us. The purpose and power of the call of God reflects the very nature of God Himself.
Second, we need to stand firm in the knowledge that He is faithful. He doesn’t lose focus, get bored, get distracted, or change His mind. His very nature is such that what He speaks must be. Like His word, His call is fixed, unchangeable, unshakeable, and forever. In our ups and downs, our moments of weakness and doubt, in trial and hardship, joy and suffering, God’s faithfulness remains immovable. His faithfulness is not something He does or feels. It is who He is.
Third, because He has called and because He is faithful, He will do it. These are truly words to live by. In four simple words, grace sweeps aside the full spectrum of human frailty. Am I struggling? He will do it. Am I weak? He will do it. Do I lack wisdom, or courage, or strength? He will do it. We need to take hold of the totality of God’s faithfulness. It means that He is committed to His call, committed to making sure it is fulfilled. This is grace – that we do not have to depend on self for even the slightest thing. If He has issued the call, He is faithful to it and will make sure that it is fulfilled.
This is the purpose and power of the call of God. He is in it, totally and completely. He proved that to us in the cross. Christ has already done it, finished it, paid for it, and accomplished it. The purpose and power of the call of God is entirely promised, provided for, and perfected in the cross. Our journey is the daily outworking of that, the daily growing into that, and the daily living of it.
The fundamental premise behind every work of God in our lives is that of transformation – the creation of the new person in Christ. The purpose and power of the call of God is to bring us into eternal, perfect unity with Him. Any other blessings we receive along the way are ‘bonus,’ not the real purpose. But we can be certain that, if He intends to ensure perfection in eternity, He will work towards that in every moment of every day.
We are, whether we realise it or not, living here on earth in an eternal perspective. Everything that happens here is a reflection of eternity. Everything that happens has the perspective of eternity. We can only rejoice that we serve a God who brings His own faithfulness, power, and purpose to fulfill the call He has placed on our lives.
Father, we thank You for Your eternal purposes, for the knowledge that our lives are Yours and that You are faithful to perform all You have promised.