I Am Called


“The Lord's word came to me, 'Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.' 'Ah, Lord God,' I said, 'I don’t know how to speak because I’m only a child.'" - Jeremiah 1:4-6

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.

Like Samuel, the Disciples, Jeremiah and Paul, you are God’s hands preparing meals for the hungry. You are God’s feet running to help those who are suffering. You are God’s light guiding those living in dark places. You are God’s voice demanding justice for the oppressed. Through you, God speaks to the world. Through the life you live and the sacrifices you make, God is present.

Like Jeremiah, God knew you and loved you before you were formed. Like Jeremiah, you are called to change the world. And like Jeremiah, you are a game changer for somebody. You are called

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?

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. Let my life follow in the ways of love, grace, and justice. Amen.
Feb 3 2019