Jesus Calls Us

W. Terry Varner
September 29, 2013

As Christians, we are given a divine model to follow. Peter said that “Christ also . . . leaving us an example, that you [we] should follow His steps” Christ (1 Peter 2:21). The idea of Christ as our example is the idea of a model to be copied; i.e. a model of Christian conduct, obedience, and faithfulness.

There are Christians who profess to obey and live for Jesus but who for the most part have closed their ears to living His teaching. Some give Jesus a busy signal or an out of order signal.

Jesus calls us to be rich in good works. Paul instructed Timothy, and all Christians, “do good, that they [you] be rich in good works” (1 Tim. 6:18). Christian lives are to be characterized by good deeds that are inherently noble and praiseworthy. To be “rich in good works” requires that we “store for themselves [ourselves] a good foundation against the time to come” (1 Tim. 6:19). The “good works” of the Christian are likened to a “good foundation” and to lay up treasures for our self, and is rich toward God (cf. Luke 12:21). People often object to the necessity of good works as Christians by arguing that “people are more interested in being religious than righteous.” However, being religious and righteous go hand-in-hand. James shows that “pure religion” and “righteousness” (actions) cannot be separated if we would please God.

Jesus calls us not to confuse what we have with what we are. Sometimes, we are like the school boy who when asked what part of speech “my” and “mine” are, replied, “aggressive pronouns.” In Luke 12:13-21, Jesus records a parable of the rich farmer. The rich farmer had a number of problems from his aggressive pronouns. He knew of his prosperity, but forgot his poverty. He considered himself, but forgot his neighbor. He thought of his freedom, but forgot his accountability to God. He considered the present, but forgot his future at judgment. Count the number of personal pronouns used in the parable and they show the rich farmer was aggressively self-centered. Sometimes we never see ourselves as we are. Sometimes we do not realize our spiritual poverty. Sometimes we fail to handle our accountability to God. Sometimes we never see beyond this world. When we do, think of all that we miss.

Jesus calls us to a surrendered life. Paul describes the Christian life by describing his life in Christ. “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). The very act of Jesus dying on Calvary shows a definite act of love and surrender of self. Therefore, the text states that as Christians, Jesus calls us to make choices, selections, and decisions which in turn causes us to deny self and to surrender to the will of God. No wonder, Paul writes: “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new” (2 Cor. 5:17).

As Christians, we must hearken to the call of Jesus. We must be His people when we rise up and when we lie down. We must be Christians at home, play, work, on the phone, on the internet—wherever we go and whatever we do—in every aspect and way and Jesus calls us to be Christians to all that we meet. The question is: “Does God get a busy signal from you?” or an “out of order signal.” Or does He get “Here am I use me.”