1 Corinthians 1:1-3
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours: 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
As I read these 3 verses, what jumped out at me were the words “called” and “call”.
Paul was CALLED – to be an Apostle by the will of God.
He writes to the Church in Corinth and “establishes” His calling to them in the first verse of his letter and calls the Corinthian people to a higher purpose and goal.
The Corinthian church as you read through the 2 letters had a lot of issues in their community. Much of our teaching of what is right and wrong comes from these letters.
How beautiful that Paul in this letter CALLS to the people about WHO they are supposed to be. How their identity, their purpose and future is wrapped up in God’s belief and CALLING for each of them.
You and I are CALLED to be His Holy People. We are called for a higher purpose.
We, the church, a community of people CALLED to be a demonstration and representation of JESUS (His people) on the face of the earth.
Called to make a difference everywhere our foot meets the ground. There is a much higher purpose to each one of our lives.
Lord, help us to capture our call and give us a passion for your purpose on the face of the earth. We want to be people who fulfill the CALL of God on each of our lives. We want you to say to us, when we meet you face to face: “Well done, my good and faithful servant, enter in….”
Written by Ps. Sue Botta