Just recently I have been thinking once again about the call of God. It has been more than 30 years since I first realised and answered the call of God in my own life, and through the good times and the challenging times it has been the call that has kept me.
I believe that as followers of Jesus we are called into a relationship with Christ (Luke 9:23) we are called into service and surrender (John 13:1-17) and we are called to reaching others for Jesus (Matt 28:19-20).
The Bible also teaches us that God has and always will call people into specific ministries and functions (Jer 1:4-8 and Eph 4:11-12). The call of God is not just something we decide for ourselves but is something we have to discover. God calls people according to His will and purpose, but we have to discover his calling on our lives. I believe we can discover the call of God through the following 4 things:
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that ‘we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Each one of us has been created by God to do good works and these works have been prepared for us already. Moving into your calling is simply a collision of your gifts and abilities with the needs that already exists around your life. It’s those things that you see, that you’re concerned with and that you have the ability to sort. It’s the primary pull on your heart and the question you feel you were born to answer. It’s the area of irresistible resistance in your life that is creating a conviction of his will for you.
The call of God is not just something that is imposed on us, but that is linked to our passion. God works in our lives by His Spirit to reveal his will and to create a passion in our hearts for the thing he wants us to do. The more time we spend with God the more his passion will become our passion and he will show us what it is he is calling us to do for him as we see in Phil 2:13.
If we want to discover the will of God for our lives then we need to spend time in the presence of God allowing him to speak into our hearts and develop his will in our lives. God is a God who is constantly speaking to us and so it is vital that if we want to know his will that we don’t just push into what we want, but learn to discover what he wants. You don’t need to worry or stress about his will but simply seek his face in prayer as we see in Phil 4:6.
The peace of God is an incredibly important aspect of knowing the will and call of God in your life. Often when the pressure is on it is easy to make rash judgements and unhelpful decisions but if we go with the peace of God it can lead us into his will and his call on our lives every time. I remember when I was looking to move from the first church I was pastoring. WE felt that God was challenging us to move on and so we were looking for his leading and his call into the next phase of our ministries. I was given the number of a church that was looking for a pastor and so called and spoke to the person in charge. We decided I would visit the church and go and meet with the team and arrange a date when this could happen, but as soon as I hung up the phone I knew within my spirit it wasn’t right, I had lost my peace. I rang the person back and told him what had happened and both agreed it was God and left it as it was. No word from God just a loss of the peace of god and I knew this was not where I was called to be. The peace of God in the midst of thoughts and desires can lead us and keep us in all things (Phil 4:7).
God calls people and keeps people in the most challenging of situations. His call allows people to step up to the challenge and stand on his promises, to confront giants and lead people into the Promised Land. His call separates and strengthens, stabilises and secures and it comforts and confronts. The call of God is the most powerful thing we can build our lives on. What is God’s call to you?
London and East Area leader