a beginner’s course

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Rev. John Willoughby

21. THE CALL OF GOD.

God has a wonderful plan for every individual believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, not only for now, but also throughout eternity.

1/. GOD OFTEN CALLS THE INADEQUATE

I Cor 1:26-31. He will sometimes interrupt our schedule and routine of life to thrust us forth into His great and divine purposes, even though we may feel inadequate. Some examples are:-

* Moses – a shepherd in the desert. (Ex3:l-12). He was sent to release God’s people from slavery vlO and to bring them into the Promised Land v_8. even though he felt that he would not be believed or understood 3:11. 4:1. 10.

*  Samuel – a boy serving in the temple. (I Sam 3:1 -21). He was sent as a great prophet to Israel v20. even though at first he could not hear God speaking to him v6-7.

* Ezekiel – a captive in a foreign land. (Ez 2:1 -7). He was sent to “the children of Israel, a rebellious nation ” (NKJ. v3), in order to give them God’s Word yT, even though he was tempted to fear their response y6.

* Disciples – businessmen and fishermen. Mt 4:18-22. They were called to be sent to the lost (10:1-6), even though they often made mistakes and acted with wrong motives.

*  Saul (who became Paul) – a religious Pharisee. (Acts 9:1-9). He was sent as an apostle to the Gentiles v!5. even though he had previously persecuted the church vl-2.

2/. GOD CALLS US IN LOVE

a) He has called us from the foundation of the world. Eph 1:3-6. 11. The Lord spoke these words to the Prophet Jeremiah (1:4), “1 kne\v you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you -were born I set you apart and appointed you as My spokesman to the world”.

b) He prepares those who will respond to Him. The Psalmist wrote (139:17-18), “How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable. I can’t even count them, they outnumber the grains of sand”. He prepares us:-

*  By forming us for His purposes. Ps 139 13-16.

* By making us His disciples. Mt 4:19.

*  By teaching us His ways. Jn 14:26.

c) He calls us for a purpose. Paul wrote, “He created us anew* in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago ” (Eph 2:10). He calls us>

* To be separated unto Him. I Pet 2:9-10.

*  To be changed into His own likeness. Rom 8:28-30. * To bear fruit to His glory. Jn 15:1-8. 16.

3/. GOD CALLS US FOR SPECIFIC TASKS

In describing his own ministry, the Apostle Paul gives us an example of the call that is upon every believer. It has three aspects, which we see in Rom 1:1:-

a) The general calling – “Jesus Christ’s slave”. I Cor 6:19-20. Jesus paid the highest price for us – His own life. According to the custom of Paul’s day, if a slave came to the time when he could be set free and he chose not to accept his freedom (because of love for his master), he then received a mark pierced in his ear. This was the sign that he was a ‘love-slave’ to his master for life (Ex 21:5-6). In the same way we can imitate the Apostle Paul and become love slaves of the Lord Jesus, by coming under His complete Lordship.

b) The directional catting – “chosen by God to be an apostle”. Rom 12:3-8. Just as Paul had a calling in a particular direction for his life, so does every believer. There are many different types of functions (callings) in the body of Christ, which will be revealed to us individually, as we seek to walk in obedience as His love slaves.

c) The specific calling – “sent to preach His Good News”. Acts 16:6-10. Paul was sent specifically as an apostle to preach to the Gentiles, unlike Peter who was sent to the Jews. Likewise we may receive a calling similar in function to many other Christians (such as to be a businessman, housewife or teacher), yet there is a specific task for each one of us to do. God loves us individually and as part of His family each one of us is equally important, even though we may be called to different tasks in His Kingdom.

MY COMMITMENT

I realize that God has had a plan for my life even before the foundation of die world. I now make a total commitment to this plan and will follow the Lord all the way. I will teach others also about God’s call for their lives.

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