Building up believers and the New Testament church

The Body of Christ - A Glorious Reality

The High Calling of God in Christ Jesus

The calling of God in Christ Jesus is higher and more demanding than any other calling on the face of the earth. No other calling requires the blood of Jesus Christ with which we have been bought back to God for His purposes. No other occupation requires the purity of heart that only God can give. No other purpose requires the foundation which has been laid in Christ Jesus. No earthly results can compare to the eternal fruit that comes from union with Christ and His body. No earthly discipline can compare with the discipline of the Holy Spirit. No other purpose can even be compared with God's purposes which are being worked out in Christ Jesus.

Oh, that our eyes could be opened to see as God sees! They can be, if we will come to Jesus and let Him apply the eye salve to the eyes of our hearts. We cannot get the eye salve from any other place, however, and that means coming to the end of what we think we can do for God. Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build. Will we humble ourselves before almighty God, that He may lift us up in His time?

What a wonderful calling God has brought us into! We have been called to express His life, God Himself. Let us heed the admonition of Paul: "I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to have a walk worthy of the calling with which you were called" (Ephesians 4:1). Let us pray to the Lord that He will expand our revelation of this calling, that it may take on a greater meaning and control our lives. May the reality of this truth, "You are the body of Christ," grip our hearts to the point that we give ourselves completely to this calling and see God glorified, with a pure manifestation of His love expressed to mankind.