Recently I was reading some short writings from John Knox. For those who are not sure, he was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation living from about 1514 to 1572.
Anyway, in the bit that I was reading the focus was on the calling that we as Christians live with. What is it that we are called to, what is the work or vocation that we are to put our hand to?
Knox felt that all Christians were and are called to one of two specific tasks. These two tasks are framed with the thought process that we as followers of Christ need to understand the fact that the yoke of Christ is easy, and His burden is light. So for the faithful we need to lay our sins upon Christ and follow Him, every one of us.
One vocation is immediately from God, Knox wrote, as the prophets and apostles were called to be preachers without the authority of man. At times God will speak a message directly to an individual, and
The second vocation is a more general vocation, Knox felt that all the chosen are called to a Christian profession, having one Lord, one faith, one baptism. In this vocation there is no distinction between people, but all are equally loved by God. We are all the sons of one Father, and all bought with one price, all servant of one Lord, all guided by one Spirit, all tending to one end, and all shall participate in one heritage, the life eternal by Jesus Christ, by whom we are ALL made priest and kings!That is we need to embrace the calling to testify that which God has done in our lives, regardless of what people do, say or think around us. We must be bold for Christ, never hiding the truth, the grace, the mercy, or the peace we have in Him.
It was Jesus Christ himself that said; “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” “Be holy, as I am holy, for I have chosen and appointed you to go forth and to produce fruit.”
Knox goes on to say …
By these and similar sentences, it becomes us to consider the excellence of our vocation, and the due and willing obedience which we as children ought to render to so loving and gracious a Father, who if His free grace has called us from darkness of error, and from bondage to Satan, to the bright knowledge of His glory and to the glorious liberty of HIs saints, whose kingdom, glory and joy, He has appointed most assuredly and triumphantly with Christ Jesus His only beloved …
What can one say after reading that, but thank you Jesus for redeeming me, and by your grace may I have more breath in my lungs, so that I can praise you more!