What is your calling? Did you know that each and every man, woman and child that is alive today has a calling. it’s curious that so many don’t know what their calling is. Perhaps this will help!
Note From Kip…
This is one of those types of messages that could be very brief and concise or drawn out way too far to be of any value to anyone, so, we will attempt to strike a balance and provide some useful information, but not get too carried away.
I’m not going to write a great deal of commentary or comment between references because I think they say a lot just on their own, so enjoy!
God Calling Us
Doing a quick check on the word calling in the Christian Standard Bible (my favorite version although I use probably 6 or 7 different versions), I find that there are 30 times the word ‘calling’ appears. If you shorten that to simply ‘call’ the total goes up to 191. So needless to day there are ample references to this topic. Granted some of these have nothing to do with us and our calling but it is just an interesting thing to consider, that God calls to each of us and we are directed to call on him with regular frequency.
The call to be Holy:
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.
1 Peter 1:14-16 (HCSB)
The call to press forward:
Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14 (HCSB)
We are called to persistence and endurance, to press forward toward our goal of service to our Lord and our God!
Everyone – No exclusions:
One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame,, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Romans 10:10-13 (HCSB)
Calling for solidarity of purpose:
For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose.
Zephaniah 3:9 (HCSB)
Called as Saints?:
To God’s church at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus and called as saints, with all those in every place who call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord — both their Lord and ours.
1 Corinthians 1:2 (HCSB)
This might just modify our demeanor a bit. I don’t know about you, but as for me, I don’t consider myself a ‘Saint’ by any stretch of the imagination.
“I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
Luke 5:32 (HCSB)
Not willing to exclude any, Jesus calls to those who do not call Him Lord and Savior.
Us Calling God
The habit of calling on God began long ago. The first reference I find using my search word call is found int he fourth chapter of Genesis.
A son was born to Seth also, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to call on the name of Yahweh.
Genesis 4:26 (HCSB)
But without a doubt Adam and Eve who were quite familiar with God likely did call on Him as well.
Call on God with Pure Heart:
Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:22 (HCSB)
Or not, it seems. This passage in Second Timothy would seem to include those who were struggling with youthful passions and telling them to call on the Lord just as those who have pure hearts do.
Everyone must call on God:
Each must turn from his evil ways and from the violence he is doing. Who knows? God may turn and relent; He may turn from His burning anger so that we will not perish.
Jonah 3:8-9 (HCSB)
The Most Important Calls
The call to communion:
Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and have dinner with him, and he with Me.
Revelation 3:20 (HCSB)
For those who call Him Savior, He stands at the door and knocks, calling out to you. I He isn’t inside the door you’ve pushed Him outside. He wants that relationship for which He gave His life for. He wants it with you.
For those who do not call him Savior, He stands at the door and knocks, calling out for you as well. To establish the relationship with you that you were created for. He died for you, that you may be free from sin and death. But to have that you need to open the door of your life to Him and give him complete control.
Call to Discipleship:
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 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.”
Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
Each and every believer in the blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is called to be His Disciple and to make Disciples for Him. It’s called the Great Commission, but it is the the prime directive for a Chirstian.
He wants us to take up our cross and follow Him daily!
Call to Love:
Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.
Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:9-18 (HCSB)
By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
John 13:35 (HCSB)
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.,,
“The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself., There is no other command greater than these.”
Mark 12:30-31 (HCSB)
Everyone has a calling. What is your ‘Calling‘?