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Called To Be Saints

By Lois J. Stucky

    A reader of this issue of Herald of His Coming might describe it as "hard-hitting," or "mighty strict." But dear friend, is there not need for this when we consider the word we have from Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14: "Enter ye in at the strait [narrow] gate…because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it"?

    W. C. Moore, whose article appears on page six, was used of God, together with Sarah Foulkes Moore, to begin Herald of His Coming 67 years ago. He was called above almost 28 years ago, but he would undoubtedly stand by his message as wholeheartedly as he did when he first poured his heart into it and published it in an early issue of Herald of His Coming. God’s Word does not change with the years. We who were privileged to work with Brother Moore knew him to be a humble man with the tender heart of a caring pastor, and he felt great responsibility to give forth the Word of God as God gave it to us. He warned against "sugarcoating" it to make it more acceptable, or "watering it down" so it did not offend people so greatly.

    Brother Moore had a passion to be true to the souls to whom he was called to minister. As he writes in that article, we are all going to be called to give an account of ourselves to God (Rom. 14:12). He took that very seriously. He not only wanted to give good account for himself and his faithfulness to God’s Word, but he had a sincere desire to help those under his ministry likewise to be prepared to give good account, whether preachers and teachers, or their hearers. He wanted them, as he expressed it, "to make the best landing in heaven possible." In this age of compromise and lukewarmness, it is vital to "take heed," as Jesus Himself warned, that is, beware! be cautious! be discerning lest the spirit of the age rob us of the vigilance and zeal to hold to biblical standards.

A High and Holy Calling

    Oh, that we might live up to the high and holy calling God has given those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ His Son! We have the high calling of being "saints" (1 Cor. 1:2), that is to be holy as God is holy (1 Pet. 1:16). Those redeemed by Jesus’ precious blood are no longer their own; they are bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:19-20). The flesh is willing to settle for less than being a saint. The flesh may even despair of attempting to live up to God’s calling.

    All of us must acknowledge that it is impossible for us to meet God’s standard of holy living in ourselves. But we read that "we are [God’s] workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works" (Eph. 2:10). "It is God which worketh in [us] both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13). Our hope is in the Lord and His provision through Jesus Christ, "who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption" (1 Cor. 1:30).

    This calling makes stern demands of us, but demands which are softened by devotion to the Lord. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, said, "If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23). We must love not the world, neither the things that are of the world (1 John 2:15-16). The God of holy love must at times chasten us and spare not the rod. But if that chastening is humbly received, it works holiness and righteousness in us. We enjoy the blessedness of sins forgiven and hearts renewed (Heb. 12:5-11). What gains in the light of eternity! "…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Rom. 8:18). Might we like the Apostle Paul, "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 3:14).

    Let us humble ourselves before the preachers and teachers He has called and anointed to instruct and teach and exhort us, the body of believers. The faithful watch over our souls. They speak the truth in love. They may see dangers we do not see for ourselves. The great deceiver Satan is actively at work today. Jesus warns us of being deceived: "Take heed lest any man deceive you" (Mark 13:5). And God help us not to deceive ourselves. "The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee…" (Obad. 3).

    Please Pray with Us –

    Let us unite in prayer that God will use this issue of Herald of His Coming greatly. Ask God to help all readers to have ears to hear the Word of the Lord and hearts to obey it, seeking to "be ready" for the coming again of the Lord Jesus.

    As you ask God to provide for all needs at Herald of His Coming this month, we encourage you also to focus prayer on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, as presented on page 11, and as you learn of their needs elsewhere. "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (Jas. 5:16).