The hope of God’s calling in my life radically affects my every day. I pursue the hope of God’s calling through my decisions, actions, and prayers. Also, I want my loved ones to experience the effect of the hope of God’s calling in their life. In my last blog post, My Favorite Prayer To Pray, I shared how I use Ephesians 1:17-19 to pray for myself and those I love the most. Right in the center of that passage is the heart of Paul’s desire for the Ephesian church. He prays for them to know the hope of God’s calling. (Ephesians 1:18)
Two key elements, hope and God’s calling
Ephesians 2 gives us details about our true spiritual calling that we received from our God and Creator. We are His workmanship created for good works. (Ephesians 2:10) We were once separated from God and His promises. We were without hope. (Ephesians 2:12) Ephesians 2:14-18 says that Jesus changed everything. He broke down all barriers and brought us in to the commonwealth of Israel. He made us family that we partake of the same covenants of promise. We now have hope and God is with us in this world.
Hope in the biblical sense
When we see the word hope in the Bible, we must realize that Biblical hope looks different from how we view it in our day and time. We think about hope more like wishing and wanting. Hope in the Bible actually means confident expectation. Confident means self-assured. Expectation speaks of a strong belief that something will happen. If we put all that together, we can say that having hope as used in the Bible means being self-assured with a strong belief that something will happen.
If you are struggling with holding on to that kind of hope in any area of your life, watch this video from my past Girlfriends TV show in 2012 where I share my own past struggle.
When in need of hope, look to the Lord as seen in the book of Psalms. These passages speak of hope in the Lord: Psalm 25:5, 21; 33: 20, 22; 37:9, 34; 39:7; 42:5, 11; 43:5; 62:5; 65:5; 69:6; 71:5; 130:7; 131:3, 146:5; 146:5. The Psalmist also wrote about putting his hope in God’s unfailing love –Psalm 33:18; 147:11, in God’s name – Psalm 52:9, and in God’s Word – Psalm 119:43, 47, 74, 81, 114, 147. If you need to develop hope in your life, mediate on these passages.
Now let’s talk about God’s calling.
The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the New Testament says that calling metaphorically means an invitation to the kingdom of God and its privileges. That is why I pursue the hope of God’s calling and pray for my family to know the hope of His calling as well. I want them to enter into the kingdom of God and experience its privileges.
What can we know about God’s calling?
When God invites us in, we are always invited in. His calling stays the same and is irrevocable. Once called, always called. It doesn’t change.
- (Romans 11:29; 1 Corinthians 7:20)
His calling is a high, holy, and heavenly calling. God’s calling is something bigger and better than this life. When God invites us into His kingdom and its privileges, He calls us to step up to life on another level.
- (Philippians 3:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; Hebrews 3:1)
Because of this high calling those who are invited in are also called to walk worthy of that calling.
- (Ephesians 4:1, 2 Thessalonians 1:11)
What is the hope of God’s calling?
It is a confident expectation that we have been invited in to God’s kingdom and its privileges and we have a strong belief that it will happen. In fact, we also believe that it is currently happening. God’s kingdom has come on this earth as it is in heaven. We are privileged to experience this high, holy, and heavenly calling right now by the Holy Spirit in us. Walking worthy is walking in faith, believing that this calling is the greatest treasure anyone could ever have and living a life that reflects that belief.