How would you feel if a super important person calls you?
What if it is the President of your country? What if it is the richest man on earth? What if it is the king or queen of a mighty monarchy?
What if you were invited by this person to a special banquet or event?
If you are like most people, I’m sure you will be excited. You will be thrilled to say, “yes,” and be present for this special occasion.
Now, let’s talk about the calling God has bestowed on us.
What if the most powerful and majestic Being in the entire universe calls you?
Wouldn’t you have the same excitement and thrill?
Regrettably, not all people would have the same enthusiasm.
Ignoring or accepting God’s calling
A lot of people who have received the calling of God wasn’t as excited as they should. Perhaps, they have received the invitation with happiness initially. But when they realize what this call entails, they suddenly gave up and went back to their old ways.
Not many people have received God’s calling. In fact, out of the billions of people, God is only working with a select few at this time.
When God calls you, He is bestowing to you one of the greatest privileges in this entire universe. He, the Supreme Ruler and all-powerful God, have personally hand-picked you to be part of His coming Kingdom.
God chose us
There’s an interesting passage in the Bible that gives us a better perspective on God’s calling.
I’m talking about the special calling of Philip. We read of Philip’s calling in John 1:43-44:
The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
The truth of the matter is that Jesus found Philip and not Philip found Jesus.
We receive God’s calling, not because of our own effort. It is not because of our strength, ability, or skills.
We may be in the process of seeking God, but it is God who puts in our hearts this desire to seek Him.
We read Christ’s statement:
“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him” (John 6:44).
Our calling comes from God, Himself.
Called by our name
What’s more interesting to note is that Yahweh has called us by our name!
We read in Isaiah 43:1 tells us:
But now, thus says Yahweh, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.”
While this verse might be addressed to Jacob or Israel, the same can also be applied to us. We read in John 10:2-3:
“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”
God knows our name. In Psalm 147:4, He even calls the stars by name!
This post originally appeared on BecomingChristians.com and was republished with permission. The article was written by Joshua Infantado.
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