People of Promise 102 God’s Call
We often hear of “God’s call” on someone’s life. The Greek word translated “call” is kiesis, which means an invitation. The truth of the matter is that every very person has an invitation from God to become His child—every one, no one is excepted (1Tim. 2:4). This invitation will never change, For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] (Rom 11:29).
In days of yore, when the king invited you to an event or asked you to do something with him, you had better show up or have a rock solid reason why you didn’t. A flimsy excuse could cost you your life. But that is not God’s way. We can come to his party and dance with Him or choose to stay at home and dance with the Devil.
And all of our excuses for not joining God in His Kingdom are really flimsy ones. In a sense these flimsy excuses can cost us our life. Not our physical life a la the days of yore, but our eternal, spiritual life. But here’s the difference. The kings of yore were the ones who chose to kill uncooperative subjects, whether the subjects wanted killed or not. In the case of God’s Kingdom, it is the person himself/herself who chooses to die and willfully subjects themselves to such a death—all the while, God is trying to save them from such an end. For all who will ask for it, Jesus says, I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand (John 10:28-29).
No one, not Kings or Queens, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Dictators, not even Satan, can take one of God’s children out of His hand. This is a promise, not just for eternal life, but once you’ve made the choice, once you have answered His call to you, you are in the Kingdom, period.
Once in the Kingdom, God has a job for you. Actually He probably has a series of jobs or “calls.” The first one, of supreme importance above all others is that you develop an abiding and deep relationship with Him. The pursuit of this relationship is a daily exercise and will go on right through the rest of your earthly existence. Even then, we will never get to the final perfection that He has for us. When we meet Him face to face, then we can begin the last steps of reaching the relationship goals He has set for us.
In the meantime, get busy and work on your RSMMA (Read, Study, Meditate, Memorize, and Act). Build a solid personal relationship with God so that the next assignments can come. Remember, you will never reach the final stage of your relationship with God, so He is not going to wait until you reach perfection before He gives you a Kingdom assignment. And when that assignment comes, it will not change. For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it (Isa. 55:10-11).
Well, you say, what if I don’t like the assignment that He gives me. Maybe if I mess it up or just don’t do it, God will change His mind and put me someplace that I deserve or give me a job I am better equipped to do. Well, God knows a whole lot more about what you are capable of than you do, and besides, He will be working with/through you. What you can do is only limited by what you will allow God to do to/with/through you. For I am the Lord, I do not change; that is why you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed (Mal. 3:6). Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you (1Thes. 5:24). In fact, without God working with you, you are totally useless for Kingdom work (John 15:5).
Now, if you do forego the amazing assignment He has for you, He is not going to get all in a tizzy. He will simply get someone else to do what He asked you to do. Meantime, back at the ranch, you will be mired in the quicksand of your own making, and stay right there until you get right with God, repent of your ignorant ways, and get back on the bandwagon.
Hmm, you say, I don’t really think that God has a call n my life. Yes He does, remember, number one call is to develop a deep and personal relationship with Him. As you do, He will make known His call to service. And don’t get all upset if it’s “nothing more” than helping out in a Sunday school class, or working in a soup line, or donating money to a worthy cause, etc. He needs help everywhere, and if He calls, you go, no questions asked. Your reward will be just as great for doing what He asked as will the reward for the most well know evangelist. Just give thanks for every opportunity, no matter how seeming small.
“Well’’, you whine, “How come God gave me such a small thing to do”? “Certainly He knows I’m capable of much more”! Jesus nicely illustrated the reason in the parable He told of the master who left money with his servants while he went on a trip. His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness), which your master enjoys (Matt. 25:21).
No, God is not testing us. He ever stands ready to help us in every way He can. He encourages us every way He can. He wants us to get on with getting on so that His endless march of blessings can encircle and hold us, enraptured in His presence and love. As we do the small things, He is training and preparing us for bigger stuff. It’s not a test, it’s training. Roll up your sleeves and pay close attention to His lead, it’s amazing what He will teach you. His call is a call of encouragement and love for your life.
Ah, then there’s the old excuse, “But I never heard God “call” to me.” Oh yes you did, you just weren’t paying attention, or didn’t like what He asked of you, or couldn’t believe it was God. That’s because your RSMMA is so short that it can’t possibly reflect God’s will in your life. One cannot read and study the New Testament without seeing how Christians are supposed to live. If you live in that fullness of God’s Word, you will be living in His call on your life, and more opportunities for service will flow to you.
Are you “on call” for God’s call?