The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Life - From the writ­ings of the Rev. Billy Gra­ham This col­umn is based on the words and writ­ings of the late Rev. Billy Gra­ham.

Q: What does it mean to re­ceive a call­ing in life? – C.O.

A: God is a per­sonal God. He is not lofty or hard to find. His Word tells us that He calls out to sin­ners – that is any­one ever born.

God makes three calls. First, He calls us to the Per­son of Je­sus Christ: “‘Come now, and let us rea­son to­gether,' says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scar­let, they shall be as white as snow’” (Isa­iah 1:18). They can be made as white as snow be­cause of the cross where He died to cleanse us and save us for eter­nity. This is not a church call, it’s not a fam­ily call and it’s not a na­tional call. It’s a call to Christ.

God also calls us to con­se­cra­tion. This is a word not used much any­more and it is too bad. It means to “set apart.” The Bible says, “Present your bod­ies a liv­ing sac­ri­fice, holy, ac­cept­able to God” (Ro­mans 12:1).

God calls us to serve Him. Many peo­ple have the wrong con­cept of what this means. Put sim­ply, it means to ac­knowl­edge Him and obey Him ac­cord­ing to His Word.

If you are a den­tist or a lawyer or a stay-at-home mother, get to know the Word of God and ap­ply it daily to ev­ery phase of your life. Do not wait for a wind to come along and blow you in any di­rec­tion. Make it your pur­pose in life to do the will of God which is re­vealed in Scrip­ture. It will change your life in re­mark­able ways that you can­not imag­ine. Sur­ren­der ev­ery­thing to Him be­cause He has a plan for you.

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