Has God Called you?
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Have you been called to serve other men
Is the calling of God something we choose to be part of… or something else?
One of the biggest areas of confusion is in how people CHOOSE a religious belief.
When you look at the religious world, you can see obvious conflicting beliefs, doctrines and practices, EVEN BETWEEN GROUPS WHICH CALL THEMSELVES “CHRISTIAN.”
Doesn’t this seem strange to you? Does it seem logical or reasonable that God would be responsible for all the confusion, even to the point of requiring different beliefs and practices from different people?
Christians have been killing each other for centuries. Put yourself in the place of being in charge of a company or nation.
Would you run your country like God is presumably running the religious show? I don’t think so. So what in the world is going on here?
Remembering that this is simply another piece of the puzzle, let’s look at what the Bible DOES say about God in our lives. You’ve probably heard the word “calling” used in reference to anyone’s response to the Bible or what they feel is the truth.
However, the word doesn’t refer to ANY kind of religious response by someone. On the contrary, it is quite a unique experience and produces quite a dramatic change in one’s life.
Galatians 1:13-16 “For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. :14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. :15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood.”
It needs to be understood from the start that being called doesn’t make anyone better than anyone else. It doesn’t mean those who are truly called are the only ones God plans to work with. On the contrary, it is God’s will thatEVERYONE reaches the goal of being able to live forever. However, in the above example of Paul, he was literally KILLING the true New Testament members of the new Christian church, until his mind was opened to understand the truth.
I Corinthians 1:26 “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen,yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
God isn’t calling those who are strong, intelligent, “good,” rich, credentialed, educated, or any other attribute we in the physical, material world would choose.
Instead.He has a specific purpose in calling the weak of the world, those who have a lot of changing to do because He knows that the one who is forgiven much loves much.
As you consider your own calling, can you see the changes God has been causing in your own life? Do you recognize that He has drawn you by His Spirit to bring you where you are today? Is there anything He is not capable of?
Here’s a rule to remember:
John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me “DRAW” (emphasis mine throughout) him: and I will raise him up at the last day. :65 And he said, Therefore said I to you, that no man can come to me, except it were given to him of my Father.”
Here Christ is telling us that “NO ONE” can go to Christ unless the Father actually “draws” or “calls” that person.
Matthew 4:19 “And he said to them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Christ, here, goes to those already called by the Father. They didn’t come to Christ.;
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom you hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which you hast given me: for you lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Here, again, is Christ’s own statement that the Father actually “gave” those who were with Christ, beyond the 12 apostles. People didn’t simply choose to follow Christ.
Matt 16:18 And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and upon this rock, I will build my church; and the gates of hell (the grave, or the death of the Church) shall not prevail against it (the church).
The word “church” is translated from the Greek word, NT:1577, “ecclesia,” meaning, “a calling out,” or “called out ones.”
Christ said He would build this church with those called out. To be “called out,” one must be called out of “something or “from” something.
Rev 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.”
Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock; (NOT a billion people) for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Matthew 11:27 “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knows any man the Father, save the Son, and [he] to whomsoever the Son will reveal [him].”
Christ tells us that only HE can reveal the Father to any of us. It is God’s choice to call, but Christ is the one who takes over from there.
Matthew 13:10 “And the disciples came, and said to him, Why do you speak 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. :13… heretofore (for this reason) speak I to them in parables: because they seeing, see not; and hearing, they hear not, neither do they understand. :14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, (God’s will for this now) which says, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive: :15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and [their] ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and should understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. :16 But blessed [are] your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. :17 For verily I say to you, that many prophets and righteous [men] have desired to see [those things] which you see, and have not seen [them]; and to hear [those things] which you hear, and have not heard [them].”
Mark 4:11-12 “And he said to them, to you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but to them that are without, all [these] things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive, and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and [their] sins should be forgiven them. :34 But without a parable spoke he not to them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.”
Those called out NOW are being trained for rulership, but those NOT called CANNOT understand spiritual things NOW.
This may seem unfair right now, but don’t make any hasty judgments until you have all the pieces. God’s plan includes every person who has ever lived or ever will live.
Luke 24:45 “Then “OPENED” he their “UNDERSTANDING,” that they might understand the scriptures.”
Deuteronomy 29:4 “Yet the LORD has not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, to this day.”
Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the “CALLED” according to [his] purpose. :29 For whom he did foreknew, he also did predestine [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he (Christ) might be the “FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY” brethren. :30 Moreover whom he did predestine, them he also “CALLED,” and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorifies.
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