God is Calling...Will You Answer


“The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly the Lord called out, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel replied, ‘Yes? What is it?’ He got up and ran to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ Eli replied, ‘I didn’t call you, go back to bed.’ So he did. Then the Lord called out again, ‘Samuel!’ Again Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ Eli said, ‘I didn’t call you, my son, go back to bed.’ Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel got up and went to Eli. ‘Here I am. Did you call me?’ Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, ‘Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.”’ So Samuel went back to bed. And the Lord came and called as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel replied, ‘Speak, your servant is listening.’” - 1 Samuel 3:3-10
“The following day John was again standing with two of his disciples. As Jesus walked by, John looked at him and declared, ‘Look! There is the Lamb of God!’ When John’s two disciples heard this, they followed Jesus. Jesus looked around and saw them following. ‘What do you want?’ he asked them. They replied, ‘Rabbi’ (which means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said, ‘Come and see.’ It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of these men who heard what John said and then followed Jesus. Andrew went to find his brother, Simon, and told him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means ‘Christ’). Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, ‘Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Cephas’ (which means ‘Peter’). The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Come, follow me.’ Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ ‘Nazareth!’ exclaimed Nathanael. ‘Can anything good come from Nazareth?’ Philip replied, ‘Come and see for yourself.’ As they approached, Jesus said, ‘Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.’ Nathanael asked, ‘How do you know about me?’ Jesus replied, ‘I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.’ Then Nathanael exclaimed, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God—the King of Israel!’ Jesus asked him, ‘Do you believe this just because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.’ Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, you will all see heaven open and the angels of God going up and down on the Son of Man, the one who is the stairway between heaven and earth.’” - John 1:35-51

God called Samuel while he slept in the Temple. Samuel was obedient and answered, "Here I am, Lord."

Jesus called the disciples to come and follow Him. It wasn’t in any grand manner, in any grand place. He simply spoke to them, ordinary men, asking them to follow Him, and they leave everything to follow Him. Through these ordinary men, God does amazingly extraordinary things!

What does it mean to be called by God? What does it mean to step out in faith and answer that call?

A Divine call is first birthed out of conviction. God miraculously does a work—either immediately or progressively—on a person's heart, and that work propels the person into action.

Many refer to Paul's Damascus road experience as the immediate heart-change of God. Certainly, this is where the Holy Spirit entered Paul's heart. However, the Father had been progressively and relentlessly pursuing Paul long before then, the Father was preparing Paul through his birthright, citizenship, faith tradition, language studies, work, education, and life experiences.

God's sovereign hand was at work in Paul's life from the beginning, aligning every piece to build Paul's character so he would be the faithful man God called to preach good news to the Gentiles.

A Divine call is not something that happens to just a few. God has a call upon each of our lives. The question is, are we listening and obeying?

What does it mean to you, to be called? Are you ready to be obedient to God?

Lord God, Your plan for me is to go in a new, different and exciting direction. In that process help me to discover something wonderful. In Your grace and love, help me to see this Divine call as a wonderful addition to my life. Amen.
Jul 17 2018