Some of the most powerful words in the entire Bible are the prophet Joel’s, quoted by Paul in Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” For all time and eternity. Have you called upon God? What does that even look like?
28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.
Afterward… after the times of discipline and wandering. After the people of God turn away from him and turn back to him. Afterward… God will act. In a decisive way. To usher in a time in which he will reign and all will bow…
In Acts 2, we read that Peter, in his speech before the crowds of Jerusalem, quoted these verses from Joel. The Spirit was indeed poured out on God’s people and they spoke in tongues and saw visions. The New Testament is full of the prophetic outcomes of Joel’s words.
The most powerful of all these words, quoted in Paul’s writing in Romans 10:13: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Everyone. For all time and eternity.
There is coming a day – a day of reckoning – in which the choice each of us makes will be used to determine eternal destiny. Matthew 24 and Mark 13 speak of these end times and the final days – they echo Joel’s vision that the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood. And even though the earth will be struck with calamity and will come to an end, everyone who calls on God will be saved.
Have you called upon God?
I’m not speaking of the foxhole prayer – not when you are in deep trouble and you need a bail out. That’s not calling on the name of the Lord. That’s more like the football bomb to the end-zone – the Hail Mary play…
When you call on the name of the Lord, you surrender your power and future rights to reclaim it in the purpose and plans of your life. When you call on the name of the Lord, your time on earth is dedicated to reflect our future time in eternity. We live to please God and labour in his mission.
Consider who is lord of your life and consider calling upon The Lord today…