Word of the Month

God's call of love

March 2005

God calls on us to love Him, He calls us to have fellowship with Him, and He calls us to His service! The entire plan of salvation is a single call of God's love. All who have been invited to God's altar by His messengers have been called - they have received a divine invitation. But the Almighty also has other ways at His disposal through which He calls people, be it through dreams, visions, or even strokes of fate.

Many are called, but not all heed this call and make their calling sure (cf. 1 Peter 1:10). They turn down this gracious election. However those who make their calling sure by accepting and heeding the word of God, which seeks to create faith in them, will receive the Holy Spirit - specifically in the manner that the Lord has ordained. The Holy Spirit is neither dispensed through some sudden enlightenment during a walk in the woods, nor is it dispensed through meditation, prayer, or penitence. The Holy Spirit is dispensed through prayer and laying on of hands of an apostle (cf. Acts 8: 18).

The love of God is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us, Apostle Paul writes in his epistle to the Romans (cf. Romans 5:5). And this love of God enables us to know that all things serve for good to those who have been called and who love God in return (cf. Romans 8: 28). This is a question of practising our faith, the objective being the soul's maturation for the day of Christ's return.

Burdens, trials, and other difficulties permitted by God - for example in the form of illness - are intended to serve our best interests. To arrive at this knowledge we need to love God and His work, otherwise we could become bitter and lose trust in the divine leadership. Those who love the Lord will trust Him, remain faithful to Him, follow Him, and finally reach the goal. They will also recognise the things that contribute to their happiness and security in God's work, and will derive comfort and consolation as a result. And they know that God's word and grace offered in the divine services, along with the sacraments, and the peace of the Risen One, will serve to their best.

The prophet Jeremiah declared God's message: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" Jeremiah 29: 11). The future for which we hope is eternal fellowship with God and His Son. Then God will wipe away every tear, and "there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying" (cf. Revelation 21: 4).

(From a service by the chief apostle)