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It’s further noted that our understanding must be “enlightened” or “illuminated” (Ephesians 1:18 Ephesians 1:18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
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; Hebrews 6:4 Hebrews 6:4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
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; Hebrews 10:32 Hebrews 10:32But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great fight of afflictions;
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). And the revelation of the things of God must come through His Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 1:9-14 1 Corinthians 1:9-14 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called to the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 10 Now I beseech you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it has been declared to me of you, my brothers, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you said, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized in the name of Paul? 14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;
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). Jesus told His disciples that this “Spirit of truth” was working with them and would later be in them at the time of their conversion (John 14:17 John 14:17Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
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Additionally, Psalms 111:10 Psalms 111:10The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endures for ever.
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says that “a good understanding have all those who do [God’s] commandments,” and Acts 5:32 Acts 5:32And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God has given to them that obey him.
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tells us that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. Moreover, it is God who gives us the desire to repent and live according to His will (2 Timothy 2:25 2 Timothy 2:25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
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; Philippians 2:13 Philippians 2:13For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
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What we see from all this is that God uses the gospel message to draw us to Him, giving us initial understanding through His Spirit and a desire to change—and then, as we respond in obedience, God gives us increasing understanding and conviction to walk in His ways.

One of the signs God may be calling you is that you are beginning, however gradually, to understand the Scriptures with a depth and dimension you never experienced before. You are starting to learn the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:10-11 Matthew 13:10-11 10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? 11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
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)—and you are growing in conviction that you need to respond and act on this understanding. Perhaps you have even begun to respond in certain ways, resulting in God increasing your understanding even further.

Nothing is more important than God’s calling. Consider the majesty and greatness of what it means. The apostle Peter referred to this magnificent calling in his first letter:

“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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Peter’s inspired description of the Christian calling helps us to comprehend the majesty of God’s salvation. This great calling is made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins and the forgiveness He made freely available.

And this forgiveness was not for us to continue practicing sin as a way of life, but in repentance to cease from that and obey God. Jesus’ preaching of the gospel was accompanied by a call to action and faith: “Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:14-15 Mark 1:14-15 14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent you, and believe the gospel.
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As already mentioned, if God is calling you, you will have awakened to the need for change in your personal life—to bring it into line with the godly standards and values shown in the Scriptures, “to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1 Ephesians 4:1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,
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, New International Version).

The promises of God should inspire faith—deep trust in God. And the more we study God’s Word, the more faith is built in us (Romans 10:17 Romans 10:17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
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). Repentance in faith will at length lead to being baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit in us (Acts 2:38 Acts 2:38Then Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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) for far greater empowerment to change, understand and remain faithful. Then we must, with God’s ongoing help, continue to grow spiritually throughout our Christian life.

Hopefully you are drawing near to making such a commitment. But even if not, you can still start drawing closer to God, asking for His help to lead you in following His ways and committing to following His instructions from the Bible as explained in Beyond Today magazine. And God is certainly patient in working with you.

Still, regardless of whether you feel you are being called right now or not, God’s requirements still stand—and they stand for you. As Paul told a Greek audience steeped in idolatry: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:30-31 Acts 17:30-31 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: 31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead.
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The evidence is there for all of us—if we will but see. May God help you to see—and to act.

To learn more about responding to God’s call, living a life worthy of that calling and how that leads to eternal life in the Kingdom of God, be sure to request or download our free study guide Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion .