Maker. God called out, “Adam, where art thou?” Do you know, from that day to this, the Lord continues to call His children? Years later, God called and Enoch answered. He went out to meet the Lord. God called one day to a He brew mother who later gave birth to a baby boy. Moses was used as the human leader to guide the He brew people from bondage in tne land of Egypt. You see, God calls at all ages, and under all conditions. He calls individuals, not people en masse. When Samuel was only a lad, in the stillness of the midnight hour God called him. God called David, a shepherd lad, as he busily tended his father’s flock. Centuries passed and another maiden was visited by the Lord. She was told, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God.” This was the announcement of the coming of the Saviour. She was the fulfillment of Isaiah’s proph ecy. Today God calls as He did in days of yore. Some are called to the for eign field, the ministry, the business world, and the home. Yes, He calls us to dedicate ourselves to Him, that He in turn might consecrate us, set ting us apart for His holy and in tended use. There’s no such thing as a small job with the Lord. Anything done for Jesus is the biggest possible job anyone can do. There’s no such thing as a little church if it’s God’s church. I t’s only man’s comparison that gives us a warped view of things. With this wonderful opportunity there’s also a tremendous responsi bility. Everyone of us must give an account of ourselves to God. There can be no evasion or equivocation. If you are unsaved, you will stand before God to give an account of yourself as to why you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your Sav iour. Then, we, as Christians, must give an account of our time. We each have been given 168 hours a 3
THE CALLED CHR IST IAN
by Dr. Samuel H. Sutherland, President Emeritus o f Biola Schools and Colleges, Inc.
H ave you ever stopped to realize that you’re going to have to give an account of yourself to God? This is true for the believer, as well as for the unbeliever. As to the former, which is the basis for our considera tion, there’s a distinction between “consecration” and “dedication.” An individual can dedicate himself to God, but the Lord, in turn, conse crates us for a particular task as we are set apart for service. Have you ever stopped to consider the various ways in the Bible in which we see God calling man to Himself? At the very outset of hu man history, the Creator came down to walk and talk with Adam and Eve. What a wonderful fellowship they must have enjoyed! Then sin entered the world, and man hid from his
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