Are You Called?


spring-flowers-wallpapers-41Am I called?  What is the call of God?  How will I know if I have been called?  These are important questions every Christian must answer.  A call is often spoken of in ambiguous terms and associated with personal experiences.  But let us see how the Bible clarifies this topic:

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 

Everyone is called to salvation in Christ.  (See also Eph 1:18, 2 Cor 6:2, 2 Tim 1:9)

1 Thess 4:3-7, For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,…For God hath not called us unto uncleanness but unto holiness.  (See also Gal 5:13, Phil 3:14, 2 Peter 1:3)

Every Christian is called to live for God.

2 Peter 1:20-21, Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 

God’s individual call is not an audible voice from God or a dream or some other experience.  In this dispensation God’s specific revelation is now complete in His Word.  We do not claim to have a mystical experience or a unique Word of revelation.

Prov 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. 

God has promised that he guides each of us individually as we walk with Him, trust Him, and depend on Him.  As we walk with God, He directs our steps individually.

1 Cor 16: 15, I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

Does God take volunteers?  To use the analogy of Christian soldiers, does He only use a draft, or can His children enlist?  He takes volunteers!  We say as Isaiah, “Here am I, Lord, send me.”

According to Ephesians 4, 1 Cor 12, and Rom 12, God has called certain people to certain leadership roles and to certain roles of edification of the local church.  We are responsible for every ability and gift that God has given to us.

2 Tim 2:3, Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  (See also 1 Tim 4:14-16)

We must not ever quit doing what God has given each of us to do.

 

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