2 Corinthians 5:18…

2 Corinthians 5:18… 

The born-again Christian has two callings on their life. One calling is general and the other is specific.

The general calling is the Great Commission Jesus gave His Church in Matthew 28:18-20. Since all born-again Christians comprise His Church, His Great Commission applies to all Christians.

The specific calling we each have upon our lives as a born-again Christian pertains to the specific Spiritual gifting(s) Jesus gives each believer individually, according to his or her ability. We see this plan compared to the individual parts of the body in 1 Corinthians 12, each part supplying what the body needs under the direction and leading of the Head, (who is Jesus Christ.)

According to what we have learned already in 2 Corinthians 5:9-11, each Christian will be judged for eternal reward by Christ according to how well they have fulfilled each of these callings placed upon their life, both general and specific.

Some might ask, “What does it means to be called?”

It could probably be described as a yearning produced from within each Christian by the life of the Holy Spirit to accomplish an act of service for Christ. Each Christian will have a Holy Spirit-produced desire to fulfill a specific ministry service or services led by the Holy Spirit and empowered by the Holy Spirit, and, (as we have learned,) compelled by the love of Christ.

Each specific calling will relate directly to the general calling. In other words, each activity under the direction of the Head, Jesus Christ, will be set in order to accomplish part of His Great Commission.

What Paul speaks of here as, “the ministry of reconciliation,” is in fact the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Since each born-again believer has been reconciled to Christ through His love and His forgiveness, each has an innate Spirit-produced desire to see others reconciled to Christ as they have been. (A born-again believer in Christ does not have a selfish bone in their body any longer.) All our individual service, no matter how great or insignificant is aimed at reconciling sinful unforgiven people to the forgiveness found in Christ Jesus alone.

Our motivation is His motivation, expressed here so greatly and wonderfully by Paul, designed to demonstrate to each of us the price Christ paid to set us in ministry service to begin with.

“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Pastor Bill