The Great Call
In the previous chapters I gave an outline on how every person is unique, the problems we face and its purpose, difference between God and man and God’s purpose, the great love of God and in this chapter I would like to talk about what one who was brought with such great love of God should do or the purpose behind everyone’s life. And that is for a great call but before that you should become the disciple of God
what exactly does a disciple mean? A disciple is someone who follows the life and work of his master in every form. It’s not easy to become a true disciple as it involves a lot of sacrifices and submission behind a true disciple.
There are certain basic qualities a disciple should have and it starts with the word disciple to be disciplined in life. The most marvelous thing about a disciple of Christ is when he becomes into Christ it transforms him completely as we see – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV).”
You can be a bad person who had committed all kinds of sins of the world, a very bad person but if u accept Jesus as your savior as the verse says it transforms you completely and all your habits are washed off and you have become a new creation with a new heart. You will be filled with such great joy and peace of what Jesus gives you in your life.
As a person accepts Jesus as his master and savior he becomes a disciple of Jesus. We live in a sinful world and it’s easy for us to move away and fall back into the hands of sins and so God wants us to keep ourselves clean and spotless until the day He comes to meet us either by our death or by His second coming in sky as it says in Ephesians 5:26-27-“to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:26, 27 NIV).”
In order to present ourselves holy and blameless certain qualities are mandatory for a disciple. And this includes being obedient and following his commandments in every step of life, being accountable & faithful, being selfless and sacrificing.
The basic quality of a disciple is to be obedient to whatever his Master says. As we see when Jesus called his disciples Peter, Andrew, John etc they didn’t say they are busy fishing or they have better things to do but they left everything and they followed Jesus. They didn’t think what about their future but they decided to follow Jesus. You can be a person of a high profile but if Jesus asks you to leave everything and follow him you should be ready to do it as obedience is the first quality of a true disciple. The next basic quality is to keep the Master’s commandments. Sometimes it’s hard to follow his commandments but a true disciple will always follow the commandments.
Remember when people asked Peter isn’t Peter and Jesus not paying tax? Peter was worried as he didn’t have anything but Jesus who knew his problem well before Peter said asked Peter to go to sea and catch fish and inside the mouth of the first fish what he catch will have a four-drachma coin to which Peter can pay the tax of both Peter and Jesus(Mathew:17:27). See it seems utter foolishness or irrelevant or not logical to anyone but when Peter obeyed he got the money and he paid the tax for both Peter and Jesus.
The next qualities you should have are being faithful and accountable. These are very hard qualities to find in people these days. Whether it’s big or small be accountable and faithful and if by any chance you not able to perform something you were supposed to do, inform others so that things could be settled well in advance. Again you might be a person of high profile and the work what’s given to you may not find something as of your standard but if you are a true disciple you should do it with your full heart and be accountable and faithful in the commitment you taken. This should be the same in your work or church or in everyday life and in anyplace. “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! (Mathew 25:23)”
The next qualities are about considering the task in your hand more important than yourself and also being happy if somebody else be more successful than you. This is the hardest quality as most of us thinks without me it won’t happen or I could do better than other person. The most needed quality for Christ is considering yourself not important and the aim to accomplish the task important and also not to boast about if you accomplished something. It’s always a team work, not you accomplished something your own. It might be you alone who worked behind it but without your knowledge there may be many others who been praying behind your success and it’s God’s hands enabled you to accomplish the task.
Therefore as Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24 NIV).”
So what’s the use of being the disciple? This brings us to the great call. What is the great call?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV). To spread the gospel to the people who haven’t heard about Jesus Christ the great Savior who died for you and me and resurrected and who is in heaven who is going to bring us back to heaven in his full glory is the great call what he deposited in each one of us and that’s the ultimate aim and purpose of our life. It should be done through our lives, actions, speech, work and every steps of our life. And this is the sole purpose behind writing this short book.
“Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37, 38 NIV).
Now what is the reward for those who do this great call faithfully? There are many parts in bible talks about the rewards you get for his work. But I would like to point out two verses and would like to summarize this passage.
“Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:27-29 NIV).”
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. (Matthew 16:27 NIV).”
With this I would like to conclude this short book of five chapters “A Purposeful Life.” I would like express my sincere thanks to God and everyone who motivated in writing this short book and I would like to keep sharing short thoughts in the coming days in this blog. Big thanks to everyone. God Bless You!
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV).”