If we find ourselves at home in the ungodliness, lust, and filth
of this present world, it is because we have not been called
effectually by God's grace. The called are "the called of Jesus
Christ" (Romans 1:6), called to be His property and peculiar
possession, and therefore they are "called to be saints" (Romans 1:7).
The called must exemplify in their conduct the calling by which they
have been called and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness. ...The sovereignty and efficacy of the call do not
relax human responsibility. The magnitude of the grace enhances
the obligation. This is the effect of Paul's exhortation, "I, the prisoner
in the Lord, beseech you therefore to walk worthily of the calling
wherewith you have been called" (Ephesians 4:1).
Redemption Accomplished and Applied
...God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling,
not according to our works, but according to His own
purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus
from all eternity.
II Timothy 1:...8-9