Have you ever stopped to think how many times in the Bible we read about God calling someone? Usually, the people he calls weren’t expecting it, and often thought they weren’t good enough.
Think of Abraham – an idol worshipper as far as we can tell. Yet God chose him and called him to leave Babylon and take his whole family to Canaan (modern-day Israel). Part of the call was to be father of many nations.
Think of Samuel – a young boy, probably only 6 or 7 years old, who is so surprised when God calls that he runs to Eli, thinking it was him. God called Samuel to be the judge and prophet of all Israel.
Think of Matthew – a hated tax collector. Yet when Jesus calls him, he leaves everything to follow him.
Watch this extract from “The Chosen” – what it must have felt like to have Jesus himself call him.
(BTW – I highly recommend the whole series – if you haven’t watched it, you’re missing something really good)
The Greek words for “call” (klēsis), “election” (eklogē) and “chosen one” (eklektós) come from the same root.
God has chosen YOU and is calling YOU!
God’s choice and call:
- is always with a purpose (Eph. 4:1; 2 Tim. 1:9)
– You have purpose!
- is always personal – it’s never a “you, you and you” (John 10:3)
– He calls you by name!
- is for always – he won’t ever change his mind, or decide he got it wrong (Rom. 11:29; 1 Thess. 5:24)
– You are not a mistake!
- is a call to holiness/obedience (1 Thess 4:7)
– You CAN conquer you flaws and failings!
- brings hope where there is despair (Eph. 1:18; 4:4), because can be trusted, since he gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not (Rom. 4:17; 1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:7; 1 Thess. 5:24; cf. Jn. 14:1)
– You have hope!
- brings freedom and peace (Gal. 5:13; 1 Cor. 7:15; Col. 3:15)
– You are free and at peace with God and the world!
- means you can call on him and his resources (John 14:13; cf. Acts 2:21; 2 Tim. 2:22)
– You have potential!
- makes you an integral part of his redeemed people, the family of God (Rom. 8:28-30; 2 Thess. 2:14; cf. Deut. 7:6; 2 Sam. 7:23-24; 1 Cor. 1:9; Jn. 15:16)
– You are family!
- is colour blind – no class, educational, national, race or gender barriers (Rom. 10:12-14; Gal. 3:20)
– You are the equal of others before God!
- is an upward call (Phil. 3:14)
– You can be the best that God wants you to be!
Look up at least some of the verses quoted above, and then prophesy these truths to yourself and let God apply them to your spirit, mind and body.
Meditation and Prayer Focus – Chosen by the King:
(recorded live at Causeway Coast Vineyard in Northern Ireland)
Meditate on Phil. 3:10-16, then simply pray around these themes:
Lord show me how to respond to the upward call of Christ on my life.
Lord help me to see the potential that you’ve placed in me, and act on it.
Lord place confidence and courage in my heart, to do what I hear you call me to do.
Lord help me to serve you and bring glory to your name.