The Callings of God in the End-Times, Part 1

In Paul’s message to the many Christian converts in the churches he founded across the Greco-Roman world in the first- century, nowhere does Paul instruct these Christians to “pull up stakes,” gather up their belongings, and to “hit the road” as missionary evangelists in imitation of his own unique calling of God.  Except for those very few who were called-out to join Paul for some portion of his missionary travels, and those in the future who might be called to the mission field, it was expected that these Christians in Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, Colossae, and Thessalonica would carry on in their professions and trades in the commendable “occupy til I come” mode.

The fruits of the Spirit as enumerated by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23…love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…have no connection to some special once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to a sacred mountain or some holy shrine.  They are obtained by Christians through daily walking in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25).  This we can do right where we find ourselves, through prayer, Bible study, listening to God, and stepping out in obedience to His voice…none of which necessarily requires going anywhere special or doing anything grandiose through self-energized good works.

Becoming a transformed new person “in Christ” ready to share our testimony (1 Peter 3:15) and following Jesus by faith (Jn. 6:29) is the foundation for a life pleasing to God.

In other words, we do not have to have a spectacular calling and a renowned ministry to please God.  All of the things that are typically considered commendable and admirable…financially supporting our families, performing at our best at work, investing time in our marriages, raising our children with wisdom, love, and patience, being a good friend, and setting an example to the world of what a Christian man or woman of God ought to be, amongst several other similar things, are all endeavors which without question or controversy please God and make Him proud of us.

Having that said, the biblical reality is that Jesus rejected the subtly counterfeit offer tendered by Satan of all of the kingdoms, wealth, and glory of the world, in the temptation in the wilderness, because these things already belonged to Jesus.  Jesus is the singularly unique Person of “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of Peace”…of Isaiah 9:6, even though He is found in the humble station of being a carpenter from Nazareth without any world-sanctioned pedigree to His credit.

The life-script composed by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for Jesus to be the Lamb of God sacrifice for the sins of the world is so far above the inconsequential offer of Satan to try to tempt Jesus with the temporary allure of the riches of this world, that if this offer was not presented with the intention of such universal collateral damage to the human race in mind, fueled by the most deadly malice, it would be almost laughable.

Author: Barton Jahn

I work in building construction as a field superintendent and project manager. I have four books published by McGraw-Hill on housing construction (1995-98) under Bart Jahn, and have six Christian books self-published through Create Space KDP. I have a bachelor of science degree in construction management from California State University Long Beach. I grew up in Southern California, was an avid surfer, and am fortunate enough to have always lived within one mile of the ocean. I discovered writing at the age of 30, and it is now one of my favorite activities. I am currently working on two more books on building construction.

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