Second Installment: God’s Call
Hello and welcome back!
Abraham was living in Ur at the time of God’s call. He didn’t accept the idolatry that was taking place all around him. Abraham was a man, according to historical Jewish tradition accounts, under persecution for his stand for morality.
What we do know for fact is that God called Abraham as recorded in Acts 7:2-3 (NIV): “2 To this he replied: “Brothers and fathers, listen to me! The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. 3 ‘Leave your country and your people,’ God said, ‘and go to the land I will show you.’”
Can you see the shadow of things to come in this call God gave to Abraham? Think on it: this first voice pointing to many such calls throughout the history of God’s people.
“When God calls us, he doesn’t always answer the question, ‘Why, Lord?'”
This same voice called to Matthew who left his position during the course of his work and followed Jesus. This same voice called out to Peter to leave the nets and follow Him.
The voice that Abraham heard that day was a voice that is a call to separate – to abandon the known and to walk into the unknown.
This was a call to walk a different path.
Such calls from God prepare the called one to grow. Leaving everything known behind and obediently following God’s call forces the called one to become responsible, to pay attention to his surroundings, to expand his understanding without relying on other’s to do it for him.
YOUR PERSONAL CALL
Has God called you to action? Has He given you a direction that He wants you to follow?
When God calls, be an Abraham. Do not deny God. When god calls, you may need to leave everything you know behind but God never calls without He leads the way to the destination. To be a person who walks with God and not with the world, you have to follow His lead in order to be in fellowship with Him.
What does answering God’s call and following Him look like?
1. There are trials and difficulties.
Following God means giving up yourself. In other words, you may need to leave familiar surroundings. You may have to say goodbye to family and friends. You may be required to give up a secure material lifestyle to follow Him. Following the Lord can at times be isolated from friends and loved once we are on God’s path for us. Although we are expectant of unbelievable riches in heaven, the here and now can be rough. To sum it up, seven words from the mouth of Jesus says it all in the garden, “Not my but Your will be done.”\
2. It always proves to be for our own good.
Sheltered and surrounded by family can lead to weakness. Strength develops when we find ourselves alone and in different surroundings. We can discover how to handle responsibility. Learning to trust God rather than self comes from being helpless and alone. Total trust in Jesus grows faith. When we release our grip upon the material world, we open the door to spiritual growth. The world benefits too when we begin, through faith, to be salt and light to a spiritually dead world.
3. The call comes with a promise.
When God calls us, he doesn’t answer the question, “Why, Lord?” He may not give reasons for His call but he always gives a promise. The promise is easily understood while the reason might be beyond our comprehension. Let’s look at a call (command) and a promise (God’s promises are a guarantee): John 11:25-26 (NIV) 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die…” We can see the call being to believe and the promise to be never dying.
The promise is always greater than the price of the calling. This is because He who guarantees is our Almighty Father in heaven. Glory to His name!
(…to be continued)
Until next time!
QUESTION: Are you fulfilling God’s call on your life?