Ephesians 4:1 -"Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God."
Have you ever wondered what you were called to do, either for a specific job or ministry? Or have you ever felt that in a group of people you were singled out for the least thing? Well, I have some news for you. God may be calling you out to something bigger than you can imagine. Could it be that He is calling you to your purpose, your assignment, or your calling!
In 1 Samuel 3, God was calling Samuel while he was under the mentorship of Eli, the priest. Samuel was in answer to a prayer, that his previously childless mother, Hannah had prayed. Samuel was called from his mother’s womb to be a prophet for the children of Israel. As a promise to God, she dedicated him back to God. (1 Samuel l:19-28)
One night the boy Samuel was called by God. Samuel had never heard the voice of God. (1 Samuel 3:4) Samuel ran to Eli to ask him if he had called him. Eli replied, “I didn’t call you”. He went back to bed and he heard it again, Samuel! The Lord had called to him. Again, Samuel went to Eli. And Eli again replied, “I did not call you son. Go back to bed.” The third time Samuel went to Eli, he instructed him to say, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” At the final call, God called him twice. I believe God was trying to get Samuel’s attention. God called Samuel twice because of the elevation he was being called to. He was becoming God’s voice to His people. He became, a priest, a prophet, the anointer of kings and the last judge of Israel. (1 Samuel 3:1-14)
Sometimes we hear God calling us, but we are either not sure that it is God’s voice or someone else’s. Just like Samuel, we may need help from someone who knows the voice of God and can show us the way. Someone who has wisdom to discern the difference between God’s voice and another voice. That other voice can be interpreted as fear, doubt or insecurities that can be stopping us from hearing the voice of God. God is calling you away from anxieties. He is calling you to fulfill a higher purpose for why you are here on earth. Listen for the voice of God and respond as Samuel did, “Here am I”.
God is calling us out, and through His son Jesus Christ, he is giving many of us spiritual gifts. (Ephesians 4:9-12) The spiritual gifts He gave to the church were the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. What is your calling? Are you called to teach, to pastor, to evangelize, or to prophesy? Well, maybe you have not been given one of these gifts, but we are all called to make disciples. Discipleship is a calling!
Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
In fact, you do not need a doctorate degree in theology to be called to minister to others. All you need to be is a servant or disciple. God does not call the qualified, He qualifies those He call.
So, if you feel like you've been called out for a purpose, perhaps, God is calling you OUT! Accept your calling and answer Him. YES LORD, here am I!!
Here is a word of encouragement in John 15:16 "You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name." As God is calling you out, be encouraged, for you are not alone. Jesus is with you.
Blogged by Evangelist Belinda Avant