By Charles Stanley, Christian Post Contributor
February 3, 2013|8:59 am

Our Father has specific plans for each of His children. Toward that end, He has placed a three-fold call on the life of every believer:

l. We are called to salvation in Jesus. Trusting Christ as our Savior initiates a personal relationship with Him through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit. He wants us to lay down the burden of trying to work out salvation ourselves. Instead, He invites us to trust Him to do the transforming work in us. (Matt. 11:28-29)

2. We are called to abide in Jesus. Abiding in the Lord means: listening to Him speak through Scripture; living in growing dependence on Him; learning to know Him more intimately; and drawing upon His power to live a godly life. Jesus calls us to make our relationship with Him primary above all other relationships and to remain with Him without interruption all of our days.

3. We are called to follow Jesus. To follow someone requires knowing his character, his plans, and how he desires to carry them out. The Bible clearly tells us everything we need to know in order to live under Jesus' leadership. The evidence that we are following Him will show in our attitudes, conduct, character, conversation, and relationships.

Without the Holy Spirit's presence-which we received at salvation-we can't abide in Jesus. (John 15:4, 26). Without abiding in Christ, we won't know Him well enough to follow. If we choose not to follow, we'll miss out on the joy God has planned for us. Are you living out His three-fold call?

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