“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
When I first became a Christ follower, I wondered what Christian’s meant when they said, “I’ve been called by God” to do something. Did they actually hear God’s voice, did they sense in their spirit He was encouraging them to do something specific or were they simply following their own passions and desires, yet adding in the “God” factor to justify their decisions?
What does it mean to be called? And, how can we truly discern God’s calling on our life?
The more I grew as a Christian, the more I began to understand how God speaks. One of the first places I learned to look for God’s voice was in His Word. When I read accounts of God calling Abraham, Moses, and others throughout the Old Testament, I learned to recognize the ways in which He regularly called them:
1) He called them to obey His commands
2) He called them to step out of their comfort zone and follow Him
3) He called them to lead others to seek His face and follow His ways
In the New Testament, Jesus called His followers into fellowship and friendship with Him. He offered them words of guidance, hope, and healing. He called them to obey God’s Word, step out of their comfort zone to follow Him, and he called them to lead others to seek God’s face and follow His ways.
Since God never changes, His callings never change. The closer I draw to Him, the more I long to obey His commands, step outside my comfort zone to follow Him and lead others to do the same. I’ve learned, when I’m implementing these three simple truths, no matter what I’m doing, traveling, teaching, speaking, ministering, or simply hanging out with family and friends –– I’m doing what God has called me to do.
“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
God does speak to us through His Spirit and He speaks to us through His Word. As children of God, we are called by His Spirit to turn away from our sin and go deeper in our relationship with Him. Commonly God’s calling is described as a burning desire that cannot be quenched –– one that you cannot help but recognize and surrender to.
As believers, we are all individually gifted and called according to God’s purpose (Romans 8:28-30). As a part of the body of Christ, God calls us to follow His commands and use our gifts to lead, serve, minister to, and encourage others.
Do you sense a calling on your life today?
Does it line up with the Word of God?
Will you make a commitment today and answer that call?