Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Call Which Takes Place Now

"In truth we are not called once only, but many times; all through our life Christ is calling us. He called us first in Baptism; but afterwards also; whether we obey His voice or not, He graciously calls us still. If we fall from our Baptism, He calls us to repent; if we are striving to fulfill our calling, He calls us on from grace to grace, and from holiness to holiness, while life is given us.  Abraham was called from his home, Peter from his nets, Matthew from his office, Elisha from his farm, Nathanael from his retreat; we are all in course of calling, on and on, from one thing to another, having no resting-place, but mounting towards our eternal rest, and obeying one command only to have another put upon us. He calls us again and again, in order to justify us again and again...

We are slow to master the great truth, that Christ is, as it were, walking among us, and by His hand, or eye, or voice, bidding us follow Him. 

We do not understand that His call is a thing which takes place now...." 
                                                                                                      (John Henry Newman)

6 comments:

  1. Oh so true! Thank you for this reminder of Christ's
    love for us!

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  2. I love this passage. Now, how to listen and hear His beautiful voice...thanks for this lovely and true post and painting.

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    1. Thanks so very much.... I, too, pray that we may listen and hear Him.

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  3. This is beautiful..and true.
    Praise the Lord, He never gives up on us!

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    1. Thank you, Trish. Praise the Lord, indeed!

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