Devotion for March 1, 2024

“I pray that … you may know what is the hope of [God’s] calling.” (Ephesians 1:18)

The hope of your calling is grounded in God’s promises and in Christ’s accomplishments. Open your bibles and check out these verses while you do this devotion.

In Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul proclaims the blessings of our salvation. In verse 18 he prays that we will comprehend those great truths, which he summarizes in the phrase “the hope of His calling.”

“Calling” here refers to God’s effectual calling — the calling that redeems the soul. Scripture speaks of two kinds of calling: The gospel or general call and the effectual or specific call. The gospel call is given by men and is a universal call to repent and trust Christ for salvation (e.g., Matthew 28:19; Acts 17:30-31). It goes out to all sinners but not all who hear it respond in faith.

The effectual call is given by God only to the elect. By it He speaks to the soul, grants saving faith, and ushers repentant forgiven sinners into salvation (John 6:37-44, 65; Acts 2:39). All who receive it respond in faith.

The hope that your effectual calling instills is grounded in God’s promises and Christ’s accomplishments (1 Peter 1:3), and is characterized by confidently expecting yet patiently waiting for those promises to be fulfilled. It is your hope of final glorification and of sharing God’s glory when Christ returns (Colossians 3:4). It is a source of strength and stability amid the trials of life (1 Peter 3:14-15). Consequently, it should fill you with joy (Romans 5:2) and motivate you to godly living (1 John 3:3).

As you face this new day, do so with the confidence that you are one of God’s elect. He called you to Himself and will hold you there no matter what circumstances you face. Nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39)!

Prayer

Lord, strengthen my faith in You when I am weak, and grant me Your grace and mercy when I fall into sin. Lead me as Your child to glorify You in all that I do to show others the promises You offer. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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