The Called Out
Being a Light in the Darkness
“I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me’ ” (Isaiah 6:8). “Who will go for Us?” Who will manifest Us? The “Us” is the Spirit of Life, of Righteousness, and of Love and wisdom, it is the Anointed Word of Life.
The call requires us to “Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion (partnership) has light with darkness? And what concord (agreement) has Christ with Belial (worthlessness, an nickname of satan—adversary)? or what part has he that believes with an infidel (without Christian faith)? And what agreement has the temple of God (Supreme Holiness) with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate (be set off by a boundary), saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,” 12 Cor. 6:14-18.
The voice of Yahweh which Isaiah heard was not just to Isaiah—Isaiah was hearing the Spirit of the Father in the spirit of his day. All those who had ears to hear the Spirit of Righteousness could have answered His call. The call was for any one that was drawn to the Spirit of Righteousness. The goal is to be manifestations of righteousness in the earth.
To hear the call of the Holy Spirit depends on the condition of one’s spiritual ears, and exactly what one hears depends upon their spiritual appetite.
Matthew 22:14 says, “Many are called, but few are chosen.” At the time these words were spoken many people heard the call to righteousness but few were selected because most of the people did not have the desire to have a relationship with the Spirit of Righteousness. They were in love with the fleshly nature and their desires were to satisfy the lust of their flesh. Carnality controlled their minds because the Holy Spirit had not yet been made manifest in flesh. The Savior had not come; the Holy Spirit had not fallen upon them. They were not able to even glimpse into the realm of the Holy Spirit.
Those of us who have come into a relationship with the Father, through the Anointed Word making His abode in us, have had our spiritual condition changed and our ears opened. There are many Christians scattered all over the world who are hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit; the voice of Righteousness and Love. They are laboring in many different ways to “save” the world from evil, ignorance, poverty, depression, anger, sadness, and sicknesses (fulfilling Neh. 9:27 and Obad. 21). They are recognized by many different doctrinal names and on many different levels of maturity, but they are called and they are manifesting measures of Love and Righteousness.
Look at the life of Isaiah in Isaiah 6:8; he was no different than those of us who are striving toward spiritual maturity today. He was ready to “let go” of his own carnal reasoning and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit in as much as he could see. At this time many Christians have let go of their own carnal nature and are learning to function righteously in the midst of spiritual storms, the darkness of ignorance, and in times of despair.
The Holy Spirit does not force or plead with the mind of man. Just as one is pulled away from Righteousness by the lust of his flesh, so, also, are they drawn toward the Spirit of Righteousness by their desire for Righteousness. As the manifestation of Righteousness is made manifest through Christians, it not only reveals the man of sin but it gives hope, it reveals new options and brings solutions in view.
We cannot strengthen others without a conversion, that is, without a transformation from the old carnal nature to the nature of our Heavenly Father. Only the Spirit of Love and Righteousness can save people from their beastly nature. Only the voice of the nature of the Heavenly Father can “draw” those around us toward Him. If the call one hears isn’t the nature of Righteousness, then it is not the Holy Spirit calling. Man’s fleshly desires, talents, and temperament have no power to draw one into the Spirit of Righteousness.
The call of the Holy Spirit is a call to serve in the Spirit of Righteousness. My contact with the nature of my Heavenly Father has shaped my understanding of His call and has helped me realize what is honest, pure, lovely, of good report, and virtuous. I am “being” transformed into the nature of my Father, and the Christians that I hear and see on my journey are some of the little manifestations of my Heavenly Father that help teach and guide me.
In most cases, the Holy Spirit does not call us away from our jobs in which we support our family, but he calls us into Righteousness while we are supporting our families. If I trust in my own carnal qualities and traits and think about what I am suited for, I will never hear the call of my Father, for my call is spirit related regardless of my chosen profession or my talents.
We have come to the time that Christians are not just “waiting” for that change from the nature of the old man, to the new man—the righteous manifestation of the Father. We need to recognize the masses of people that are being called out. We need to recognize the positive work of the Holy Spirit. We, as Christians, should always draw attention to the strength of our fellowman and leave the accuser’s position to the unbelievers. We should always draw attention to the light so those in darkness will turn toward the light of the Holy Spirit. We need to draw attention to the righteous motivations and the good deeds that come out of the hearts of so many good people.
Surely we’re not always going to be “sinners” saved by “grace”; that is, one that sins (falls short of the image of the Father) and is covered over by the blood of the Savior. There must be a time that we can say as Christ did: When you see me you see the Father. We don’t want to always be servants, we want to be sons—son-placed sons. But first we have to believe we can be, and that we have the right to be, and that we were created to become sons.
It is different now than it was when Isaiah 6:8 was written; the Holy Spirit has come to us. The Holy Spirit is guiding and teaching us all righteousness. The Holy Spirit is bringing us into the image of the Father. There are those who are answering the call to righteousness. It is important that we not only recognize this but draw attention to it if we are going to see the Kingdom of Heaven in action, or if we are going to draw others into the Kingdom.
It is important that we learn how to make up the hedge. First Chronicles 16:18-24 gives us an example of making up the hedge. Here David writes concerning the way Yahweh worked and his instructions to those who served him, saying: “Unto you will I give the land of Canaan (the land of plenty), the lot of your inheritance; When you (your ancestors) were but few, even a few, and strangers in it. And when they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people; He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes, Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from day to day his salvation. Declare his glory (splendor) among the heathen; his marvellous works among all nations.” The word “declare” is to score with a mark as a tally or record, to inscribe, and also to enumerate (to count); intensively, to recount, i.e. to celebrate. Though there were faults, Yahweh wanted the people to focus only on the positive.
Christians are of all ages and we need to make up the hedge for each other (Ezekiel 13:5-9). We should give credit where credit is due, encourage, love, and endure all things. Above all we should be the greatest light that we know how to be where ever we are. We need to praise the good and learn how to ignore the lack in those around us. We need to focus on the positive.
Christians should never draw attention to the weakness of other Christians nor should they attack the group they have joined to (Baptist, Pentecost, Assembly of God, Catholic, etc.) . We should attack ignorance with truth, attack false doctrine with the doctrine of truth, attack evil with good, attack hate with love. We don’t want to, as they say; throw the baby out with the bath water. We don’t want to be accusers of the brethren. All darkness will dissipate in the presence of the Light.