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WE THE PEOPLE CALLED

    We The People…

     

    These three words carry a punch. The preamble of our nation’s constitution begins with these three words, we the people. These three words are revolutionary words. When one reads the Declaration of Independence signed on July 4th, 1776 he or she will not a marked change from dependence on he (King George of England) to a confidence in we, the people. This thinking unleashed one of the great powers and experiences our world has ever known. Today I rise to ask the people of God to rise to the purpose of God. I have been drawn to pray for a rise of WE THE PEOPLE. I believe that we must throw off the tyranny of the He or She and embrace the majesty of the Holy One and become the people that GOD has called us to be.

     

    This is not a call to a political movement. But it is a call to see the beauty of what God desires for His creation. God ordains people. God calls people. God empowers people to be witnesses of God’s grace and glory.

     

    Human nature is to look to a person. We elevate a person to a place of honor. We rely on these whom we have bestowed on royalty. We are even willing to pay them to live this life. We applaud these kings and queens until we tire of them. Then we tear them down only to insert another in their place.  The natural tendency of man is to cry out for a king. Samuel the prophet recognized this and was grieved. Notice what God says to Samuel however.

    

    6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. 8 As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.[1]

     

    When people cry out for a king they are rejecting their calling and in doing so they are rejecting God. The people of God were called out of Egypt by miracles and were brought to Mt Sinai. Look at what the plan of God is for the people of God.

    

    3 Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 youa will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.” [2]

     

    In this Kingdom the people of God were to be priests and God was to be the King. The people were to be the one’s who would meet with God and be witnesses to the entire earth of God’s goodness and glory. But the people rejected God and his plan when they called out for a King.

     

    God always gets what He wants. And He has been and is working towards getting a people who will be His people called out to be a Kingdom of priests.

     

    " As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,” and, “A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

     

    But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy." (1 Peter 2:4-10, NIV) [3]

     

    "and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen." (Revelation 1:5-6, NIV)

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    because you were slain,

    and with your blood you purchased men for God

    from every tribe and language and people and nation.

    10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,

    and they will reign on the earth.” [5]

    We the people…. This is God’s plan. We are to be the people of God, and equipped to do the work. We are called to do the stuff! Today I am challenging you to throw off the tyranny of sin and the tyranny of complacency and become the people of God. Recognize who you are in Christ. Get out of the bleachers and get in the game. Be the people of God!

     

    When I was a little boy I was taught a rhyme with hand motions. With fingers interlocked and hands folded except for the index fingers that were pointed up. I would say: Here’s the church. Here’s the steeple. Open the doors (lift thumbs here) and see all the people. Close the doors. Listen to them pray. Open the doors they all walk away. This is a fun little rhyme but it teaches the wrong thing. The people are the Church. The Church is not a building or an organization. The Church is the people who have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light!

     

    The Greek word for Church is Ekklesia. 1577.     ἐκκλησία ĕkklēsia, ek-klay-see´-ah; from a compound of 1537 and a der. of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concr.) a popular meeting, espec. a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Chr. community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):— assembly, church.[6]It is the one’s who have been “called out.”

     

    God has called you.

    " But now, this is what the Lord says— he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1, NIV)[7]

     

    OK Matt maybe you didn’t notice that this verse is referring to Israel and Jacob. What about me? That’s where 2 Peter comes in. Even though Israel and Jacob rejected the call those who were called by Jesus are the holy nation, the royal priesthood, the people belonging to God.

     

    You are the people who have been called out of darkness. Just as the creative God said “Let there be light. And thee was light;” God spoke into our darkness and said let there be light. The sound of His voice shook the darkness and light exploded. Jesus declared: "“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:14, NIV)[8]

     

    So as the people of God we must refuse to live in darkness. We must put away shameful and dishonest ways. We are children of the day.

     

    "Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation," (1 Peter 2:1-2, NIV) [9]

     

    What does it mean to be called?

    When you are called you have purpose. When you are called you have confidence. When you are called you walk with integrity because you know your actions will reflect on the one who called you.

     

    There are many who have been disillusioned by “church” or “organized religion.” I understand that, but let me tell you I believe in the Church, the ekklesia, those who have been called by God. And I long to be a part of the people of God as they recognize their call and are empowered by God.

     

    What does this mean for me?

        When you answer the call, you look for God to work in your life. You are not interested in just being a spectator.

        When you answer the call you prepare your heart to be filled with the Spirit so that you can have the power you will need to be the people.

        When you answer the call, you commit to walking an open and honest life.

        When you answer the call you align with the people of God. That means you learn to love and accept others.

     

    Conclusion

     



    [1]The Holy Bible : New International Version, 1 Sa 8:6-8 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984).

    a 5,6 Or possession, for the whole earth is mine. You

    [2]The Holy Bible : New International Version, Ex 19:3-6 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984).

    [3]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

     

    [4]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

     

    [5]The Holy Bible : New International Version, Re 5:9-10 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984).

    der. der. = derived, derivation, derivative, derivatively

    i.e. i.e. = that is

    concr. concr. = concrete, concretely

    espec. espec. = especially

    Chr. Chr. = Christian

    [6]James Strong, The New Strong's Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words, H8674 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997, c1996).

    [7]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

     

    [8]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

     

    [9]  The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

     

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