The Call…Begins and ends with God
“The call is a mystery. It begins and ends with God, but it loops through a very human individual. It is personal, but bigger than the person. The call comes out of who we are as well as shaping who we are. It has both being and doing components…Those who describe themselves as called mean that they have made a commitment of life into God’s service, to be at his disposal, to be in his employ for the efforts of accomplishing his agenda.” It is important to know that each Christian, leadership title or not, has a specific calling on his or her life.” Reggie McNeal, A Work of the Heart
McNeal’s words affirm the characteristics of the “call” and the “called” one—
Begins and ends with God. Sometimes as we seek to know and respond to God’s call we become anxious, uncertain. But we can rest in the fact that the call does not come from us—it originates and is sustained by God. Jesus reminds his disciples in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you…” Therefore, our response is only, “Here I am, Lord. Use me.”
Commitment to His service. Calling is not about what we want to do; it’s about what God has planned for us to do. Many Christians fear committing to God’s call thinking God will ask them to do something they are not equipped for or that is not in alignment with their nature. Often God will call us to assignments that are beyond our natural abilities or personal comfort. Even then, the call most often is a reflection of our passion, life experiences, spiritual gifts, and personality.
Accomplishment of His agenda. Our life experiences, personalities, passions, and natural abilities have formed within us certain desires. Efforts to fulfill these desires often become the agenda of our lives. Before Simon met Jesus he belonged to a political movement known as the Zealots. The Zealots sought to incite the people of Judea Province to rebel against the Roman Empire. That was Simon’s agenda; he was identified as “Simon, the Zealot.” But after responding to Christ’s call and being chosen as an apostle, Christ’s agenda (Matthew 28:19, 20) became Simon’s agenda. Just like Simon, when we commit to His call, our agendas fade and His agenda becomes our agenda.
April 1 Leadership Development and Discipleship is introducing a free, 5-lesson online course, YES! Responding to God’s Call. If you want to discover God’s call or receive a reassurance of God’s call, this course is for you! Go to lddcogop.org to register.
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