St. John's Lutheran
Called To Be A Child Of God!
1 Corinthians 1:1 New International Version
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus
by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes,
Monday - September 12
One of the hardest doctrines of the Christian faith to understand and accept is that in our relationship with God we do not have free will. We like the idea that we can do anything we want if we get a good education and put in the effort. However, when we apply this same “can do” attitude to our relationship with God we hit a brick wall. Why? Because love is not earned! Love is received. Put another way, you are either (passively) accepting God’s love or (actively) rejecting Him through your attempt to earn love. “Calling” is the Apostle Paul’s language that describes the life of a Christian. We cannot force our way into God’s Kingdom. We must be “called” or invited. That invitation only comes through Jesus who forgives our self-salvation efforts and calls us into the Kingdom to be a beloved child of God.