“I press towards the mark…. Of the high CALLING of God” – Paul, Philippians 3:14
It feels like yesterday that my father would have clear rules for riding my bike in my neighborhood. He would say you can go as far as my yell or whistle. If I could not hear his voice when he called for dinner, I would be in BIG trouble! The Call is an amazing thing God uses to bring us to Him. The Call sums up the “one thing” that all of God’s creation has in common. If God never called us into existence, we would not be.
The Apostle Paul understood his call from the Father. He understood that Jesus Christ was bigger than anything he could ever accomplish with his passion, zeal, or religion. Just like when we were kids and our parents called us home, God the Father now calls us to Himself.
There are three distinctives to the calling of God.
1. The Call to Christ: God calls every person to repent and come back to Him. Jesus Christ came as the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). There is only one Person that can remove your sin, not a Priest, not a Pastor, not doing good, and not church attendance. It’s Jesus Christ (John 3:16-18). He is calling all people everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30).
2. The Call to Commitment: Half dedication is no dedication. Jesus calls his followers to follow Him, no matter what, 24/7. Christians are called to commit their lives with a 100% dedication till their last breath (1 Corinthians 1:9). If a person you were going to marry told you that they were only going to be married to you half of the time, I am pretty sure you would have the good sense not to marry that person, because the relationship would never be solid. Christ is calling us to Commit fully to Him.
3. The Call to Commission: What is the service God has called you to? What is the area of Service that you will do in His Kingdom? There is a “holy calling” for each of us (2 Timothy 1:9) that we must obey and follow.
The fact is that God has called you to follow Him fully (Romans 1:6; Matthew 10:1-5). As a Christian, you are set apart for His service: we call this Sanctification (1 Corinthians 3:4). If you have not given “The Call” any thought, you need to. Your life is not just to wake up, grab a coffee, and go to a meaningless job; it is about your call within the parameters of your daily life. When a Christian senses the call of God on his life, he should respond Quickly (Genesis 12:1), so that Christ can use him Immediately.
What is your Call?