Your Call Ex. 3:1-4
Every Christian was actually called
by God Himself. In Old Testament Times He called people to various offices,
king, prophet and priest.
When He called Moses the
circumstances were unusual or even bizarre. The bush around him was burning,
yet the plants were not burnt. What a sight! Moses must have been curious and
yet afraid especially when a voice called him by his name, introduced Himself
and told him what to do, Ex. 3:2-10.
From that moment Moses was no
longer the shepherd that he had been. His outlook and career had changed.
The call on Samuel was also
dramatic. The little boy in the Personage must have been told that there is God
who created Heaven and Earth and that he must join Eli the Priest in praying to
Him. But he had not seen Him. He didn’t know who He was. So when God called he
ran to Eli only to be told that he was not the one who called. Eventually the
priest guided Him as to how to hear from God. However, what God told Samuel was
bad news for Eli. That is a different matter altogether, Sam. 3:1-14.
From that minute Samuel lost his
innocence. When God speaks to you you are no longer what you were. Henceforth
you are his messenger. You begin to function in a new dispensation 1Sam. 3:17-19.
However, God calls not just
individuals. He calls a nation if He so wishes, especially, if He loves them,
cares for them and decided to terminate their bondage. The living example is
Israel which He says “…is my son, even my first born,” Ex 4:22. For as long as
they obeyed and served Him He empowered, defended and blessed them, Deut.
God’s ways are not the ways of
humans neither are His thoughts our thoughts, Isaiah 55:8. So He does things
that may appear strange and we may not fully understand why. He can call a
Gentile King to service and make him the envy of his generation, Isaiah 44:28,
In the New Testament Jesus “…the
express image…” of the father, Heb. 1:3 expanded the scope and variety of
services into which He called men and women Eph. 4:11. He turned Peter, the
frustrated fisherman, into a successful fisher of men, Matt. 4:18 & 19. And
Paul, the rebellious Jewish lawyer and intellectual, He transformed into a
great Pastor and Missionary who confronted Satan and death for the sake of
Christ. 2 Cor. 11:22-33
So God calls persons – men and women for a variety of
1. If you have
a serious problem that seems to defy solution He may invite you to Himself in
order to solve that problem but, in the process of answering that call, He
would expect you to serve Him with humility, obedience and diligence without
looking back. Abraham was known for his obedience and faith even in extremely
difficult circumstances, Gen. 22:1-12. He rewarded him with a blessing that he
never dreamed of, Gen. 22:15-18.
2. His ways
indeed are not our ways. God can turn a murderer to a deliverer. We have seen
the example of Moses who, in defence a fellow Hebrew, killed an Egyptian Ex
2:11-16 but he was the one God picked to lead Israel out of bondage in Egypt.
3. He called
men, who might has remained unknown beyond their community, and made them king,
to preside over the affairs of His chosen people, Israel, 1Sam 9:25-27; 1Sam
4. On account
of His love and care for you He might call you into a priestly office as in the
case of Eli. But if you don’t measure up to His standards He could dishonour or
even destroy you, 1Sam 2: 27-30.
5. When He
calls you to serve He would equip you with the authority to confront and
overcome the challenge that are beyond normal human strength so that you can be
a victor and not a victim, Matt. 10:8.
6. When God
calls you it is not to a life of ease but of sacrifice. The prophets of old
lived a Spartan life, moving from one location to another, living on what was
available to them such as locusts and wild honey Mk. 1:6. It was the hard life
of Elisha which attracted the sympathy of the shunammite Woman who provided
accommodation for the prophet, 2Kings 4:8-10.
As predicted by Joel, Joel 2: 28 & 29 there have
been many more people, thousands down the ages, who answered the call to serve,
in many capacities despite great persecution. As Jesus has promised they are
candidates for reward here on earth and in eternity , Mk 10:29 & 30.