Editor’s Note: This is the second in an eight-part Advent series. We’ve invited some friends of our ministry to write the devotionals. The theme is based on 1 John 4:19: ” We love because he first loved us.” The heart of our ministry is to connect people to Jesus. As we near Christmas, we want to reflect on the fact that we only get to connect people to Jesus — and have a personal relationship ourselves (PTL!) — because God first connected with us through Jesus. We hope this Advent series encourages you.

 

by Jon Fugler

When we think about callings in the Bible, one that jumps out is Abraham’s. God clearly spoke the calling and promise on his life:

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2 NIV)

God put an exclamation point on this calling by making Abraham’s wife, Sarah, pregnant at age 90. This once-barren woman gave birth to Isaac. I’d call that a miracle! This supernatural beginning extended all the way to Jesus, who Paul later calls Abraham’s seed:

“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say ‘and to seeds,’ meaning many people, but ‘and to your seed,’ meaning one person, who is Christ.” (Galatians 3:16 NIV)

Abraham’s call to be the father of a great nation was a foreshadowing of Christ’s coming and his work centuries later. The birth of Abraham’s nation through Isaac was miraculous. Jesus came into this world miraculously as well. Since then, millions of people have been miraculously reconciled to God.

If you know Jesus, it is God who called you to him. Continue the calling on your life this Christmas. Tell others about the gift of reconciliation with God through Jesus.

About Jon:

Jon Fugler is the chief content officer for TWR (Trans World Radio). He has spent the past four decades in Christian broadcasting and publishing and is the author of the new devotional series Your life With God. Jon and his wife, Noonie, live in North Carolina. They have three children and eight grandchildren.