Many times we in Scripture that God often calls his children “out” of places. We see Abraham called out of the land of the Chaldeans, we see that Moses and the Israelites were called out of Egypt. During the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the scattered Israelites were called out of Babylon.
The word for “holy” could be interpreted “set apart” or “consecrated.” You are called to holiness. And yes, sometimes that sounds intimidating when we realize that means we need to get rid of our selfish ambitions and motives. But I take comfort that God promises to help us accomplish his commands. (Phil 1:3-6) In the New Testament, Peter tells us we are called “out of darkness”.
In some Christian circles – some Amish communities and some conservative or fundamentalist groups – this idea of being separated from the whole of society is still ruling their behavior. They believe one of our primary goals is to avoid worldliness. “Don’t be contaminated by the world’s influence.” I’ve met Christians who think our job is to “hold on till Jesus comes”. They understand that we are called away from something, but should this be the goal of Christ’s followers? I must ask myself:
What are disciples called to?
There are many Scriptures in the New Testament that tell us exactly what our calling is. We, the body of Christ, are called to:
- Fellowship with Jesus I Corinthians 1:9
- Peace I Corinthians 7:15
- Freedom in Christ (which we use to love and serve others) Galatians 5:13
- Salvation through sanctification, by the Spirit
- Faith in the truth II Thessalonians 2:13-14
- Marvelous light I Peter 2:9
Lets not define ourselves merely what we refuse to do. Let’s define ourselves by who we love- which should be Jesus and every human being. And let’s define ourselves by what we seek – faith, peace, freedom, light, and truth, to name a few.