Is our faith only supposed to keep us out of trouble until we get to heaven? As a follower of Jesus, should I hope for or expect to just escape this world with my soul? Or is there something else God intends for me?
In Romans 8:29-30 Paul takes us from the first idea that God knew each of us to the point where he “called” every believer.
“for those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (Romans 8:29-30 NASB)
Notice that no one falls out of the progression. Those he foreknew, he also predestined, called, justified and glorified. God calls everyone he saves. If you’re saved, you’re also called.
What are we called to? We’re called to good works (Ephesians 2:10). Paul instructed Titus to make the church ready and careful to engage in good deeds (Titus 3:1, 8). We’re called to the same and greater works than Jesus (John 14:12), and he came to serve (Matt 10:45).
Ministry is the act of doing good deeds so that Jesus will be known. But many do good deeds without any thought of Jesus. Some do it because it’s the right thing to do. Others do it to get known or to get ahead. But God calls Jesus-followers to do good deeds so that others will see the difference Jesus makes in our lives.
Jesus calls us and then he leaves us right where we are, in our jobs, our present situations, so that we will live a different, eternal life and make him known. Sure, some feel led to make a change, but most of us return to our exact situation once we’re saved. It may even be the situation that prompted us to look to Jesus in the first place.
What good deeds has the Holy Spirit just brought to your mind? You’ve been called. Now what are you going to do?