“He who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” — 2 Timothy 1:9
While listening to a Bible Study podcast by Jen Wilkin, she spoke of believers being representatives of Christ. I have spent some time this week thinking and meditating on this. Without hesitation, and with conviction, I can boldly say that I have failed miserably at this. Every minute of every hour of every day, we as believers are to represent Christ. Unfortunately, I have spoken words, shown actions, given responses, and dwelled on thoughts that clearly are not a representation of our Lord Jesus.
How, in all His glory and Sovereignty, does He still choose us and call us according to His purpose (1 Timothy 1:9)? Isn’t that mind-boggling? Despite our enormous failures, He loves us with an inseparable love (Romans 8:38-39). He chose us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). He gives us grace in abundance to wake up each day and pursue and love Him with all of our hearts, all of our souls, and all of our minds (Matthew 22:37).
It’s grace, sisters! GRACE! Because of His wonderful grace can we, without condemnation of our sin and failures, continue to persevere as a representative of Him! He continually sanctifies us, (2 Thess. 2:13), to be the representative of His Son. The grace of salvation will lead us to the grace of sanctification, so we can represent Him. Though it will take a lifetime to carry out, it’s His purpose and promise that He does so!
Father, I come to You with thanksgiving and humble praise for the grace You have shown me in saving me, and calling me according to Your purpose!
Meditate and pray about the calling of being a representative of Christ. It’s a high calling, sisters.
Kelly is passionate in the study of God and His Word. She is an avid encourager to those around her and loves to share the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kelly lives in Alabama with her husband of 13 years, one son, and works full-time as a customer account manager for a local business.