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Calling message and asks what is the
Christian calling, who receives the Christian calling, why
is the Christian calling important, how do we know if we
have the Christian calling, how to answer the Christian
calling, what is the Christian
Calling message and how does
the Christian calling affect our Christian walk according to
the Bible. The Bible has much to say about the Christian
calling and how exciting the Christian calling is and how
important it is to answer the Christian calling. Let us seek
and find the truth within the Bible of the Christian calling
with the Christian
Calling message together in this the
Calling Bible study, shall we?
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THE CHRISTIAN CALLING
times you'll hear people joke about having "missed their
calling", but the phrase usually isn't used in a spiritual
sense, but is used rather to express when someone is
unsuccessful in reaching a goal.
Missing the Christian calling is much more sobering of a
thought. How do you know when you receive the Christian
calling by the
Holy Spirit of God to serve Him in the way that He has
designed specifically for you?
way, is that your soul will feel the Christian calling. You will feel the Holy
Spirit, nudging you to make the right choices in your life.
Another way you may experience the Christian calling is by the Holy Spirit
revealing it to you through another servant of God. Yet
another way, is with His still small voice. And still
another, and maybe even the most often used because people
seem to miss the voice of God through other means, is by
changes in your life.
may lose your job. You may lose one of your faculties. You
may lose a loved one through death or divorce. You may gain
spare time because of retirement, or children growing up and
going off to school or getting married. You may be
confronted with a situation where you are needed to serve
another of the Lord's children because of one of the things
just mentioned has affected their lives. It's important that
you become aware of what is happening in your life ... And
Because it may just be your Father ... CALLING!
WHAT IS THE
CHRISTIAN CALLING AND WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE CHRISTIAN
seem to just sit around waiting for some huge sign. That may
be the way He comes to you, but you should not wait around
expecting a beautiful white dove to fly up to you out of
nowhere with a white ribbon in its beak that says, You're
being called, and drop it in your lap.
There's something that occurs oft times when people are
called to serve the Lord. They don't believe that it's a
commitment that should be first and foremost in their lives.
almost like people think it should be as a side job, or a
hobby, or like volunteer work ... Ah, I'll do it when I have
some spare time. How much do people miss by maintaining this
kind of attitude? Plenty.
Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will
come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his
cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life
shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my
sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or
what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For
the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father
with His Angels; and then He shall reward every man
according to his works.
other words all the reasons you have as to why you can NOT
follow Jesus and serve Him full time are not worthy of
losing your soul.
look at some of the people who answered their calling, with
total devotion, to the Lord. They had jobs, and families
too, but they put God first, and if you know anything about
them, you probably hope for the reward that they obviously
know that the twelve Apostles left their homes straightway
(that means immediately or in an instant by the way) and
followed Jesus. There's mention also of Simon Peter having a
wife, so we know that he even left his spouse and possibly
children to follow the Lord.
one is called to serve Christ, there is much contemplation
spent, concerning whether this is a commitment that should
be made. Worldly thoughts usually hinder many, like whether
or not its practical.
issue is usually financial. But remember what Jesus said ...
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole
world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul?
same thing happened in Jesus' day, but the Apostles CHOSE to
commit without hesitation. They saw through the worldly
things that try and prevent people, and recognized the
spiritual reward inviting them to accept the calling of the
Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and
sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou
shalt have treasure in Heaven: and come and follow me.
But when the young man heard that saying, he went away
sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said
Jesus unto His disciples, Verily I say unto you, That
a rich man shall hardly enter into the Kingdom of
Heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a
camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a
rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God. When His
disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed,
saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them,
and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but
with God all things are possible.
Answering the calling may mean that you may not be able to
maintain the accommodations in life that you're used to:
And a certain scribe came, and said unto Him, Master,
I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus
saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of
the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where
to lay His head.
priorities that the world counts are not priorities when
you're called to serve the Lord.
And another of His disciples said unto Him, Lord,
suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus
said unto him,
Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
picture in your mind, what it is like to answer the calling,
you may think of people who have gained worldly grandeur and
respect for themselves as pastor of a church.
may have heard of and admired missionaries who go to third
world countries to spread the Gospel with the financial
support of the mission that they are employed under.
Television evangelists may come to mind when you think of
people who have answered the calling.
important that you always remember that the Holy Spirit has
different gifts for each and every person in the body of
Christ, and God has a specified purpose for each of us when
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same
Spirit. And there are differences of administrations,
but the same Lord. And there are diversities of
operations, but it is the same God which worketh all
in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given
to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by
the Spirit the
word of wisdom;
to another the
word of knowledge
by the same Spirit; To another
by the same Spirit; to another the
gifts of healing
by the same Spirit; To another the
working of miracles;
discerning of spirits;
divers kinds of tongues;
to another the
interpretation of tongues:
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame
Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
may not have the gift of prophecy like another of God's
servants, but you may know how to counsel someone with a
drug problem like nobody's business. Only God knows what He
has planned for you.
CHRISTIAN CALLING ADMINISTRATIONS AND
CHRISTIAN CALLING GIFTS
are different administrations ...
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
Now ye are the body of
Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set
some in the church, first
then gifts of
diversities of tongues. Are all
apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all
workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do
all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet
earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I
unto you a more excellent way.
discerning what administration you are called to perform is
answering your calling, you're assisting the Holy Spirit in
saving lost souls. The fulfillment you receive in
accomplishing that, no matter what method God chooses for
you personally, is sure to equal that of any other servant
of God, because it is what God has chosen FOR YOU.
a custom made calling with your name on it.
OTHERS WHO ANSWERED THE
CHRISTIAN CALLING AND HOW THEY RESPONDED TO THE
that didn't hesitate in answering the calling of the Lord
were Joshua and Caleb. They gave their hearts with total
devotion in following the Lord and they were the only two
people from the original children of Israel that were freed
from Egypt, to enter the Promised Land.
Remember, the means by which the Lord's will is done through
us, is not always what we expect. When you consider the
people in the Bible who changed their lives in order to
answer the calling of the Lord, Paul is definitely a person
worth talking about. You can bet that his calling was
anything but what he would have expected following the Lord
to be like.
of all, he was blinded by the light from Heaven:
And he was three days without sight, and neither did
eat nor drink.
he was told that he would suffer many things for the Lord:
For I will shew him how great things he must suffer
for my name's sake.
that sound like what one would expect the "Light of the
Gentiles" to experience as part of their calling?
don't forget, Paul was a persecutor of Christians before he
was called, so no matter who you are, or what your past
beliefs may have been, when you're called by the Lord,
nothing is impossible.
was a tentmaker by trade. Though he did practice his craft
after he was called, it was NOT his priority. He didn't do
this to maintain a living, he did it only so that he
wouldn't be held accountable by anyone for his support. The
Lord was Paul's first priority.
Another thing to remember is that if writing or speaking
with eloquence is not one of your strong points, you need
not worry, because it doesn't matter. God will speak through
you. Moses was slow of speech:
And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not
eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast
spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and
of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath
made man's mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or
the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now
therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach
thee what thou shalt say.
confirms that your own talents are not a concern in
answering your calling, the Holy Spirit will work through
But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that
same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that
speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in
also claimed that he didn't have a way with words, but we
all know how powerfully the Spirit worked through him.
2 Corinthians 11:6
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge;
but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in
fact, the rumor was that Paul's speaking abilities were
answering God's calling to you, you're showing Him that you
trust Him with your life, and He will lead you into doing
His will. Don't answer your calling halfheartedly, but with
an attitude like Paul had. He rejoiced especially in the
trials and tribulations of his calling. He was beaten,
whipped, imprisoned, stoned, shipwrecked, robbed, hungered,
cold, and a fugitive ... Just to name a few things (2
Corinthians, Chapter 11).
there be rough times ... Yes. Will it be worth it ...
forget, Jesus said,
... he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
see the hidden meaning in this scripture? Because most
Christians don't die defending the name of Christ, they die
from accidents and natural causes.
This is something deeper ... Giving up your lifeSTYLE
for His sake.
doesn't mean that your life will be sad. He wants to make
Delight thyself also in the LORD: and He shall give
thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto
the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to
Because society has dictated that people must practice a
certain standard of living, today's generation spends most
of their waking hours dedicated to work. Preparing for,
traveling to and from, and performing their jobs is what
most people spend the majority of their lives doing. What if
you put God first, instead of your job? Will He not take
care of your food and clothing and other necessities?
But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
like to direct your attention once more to the fact that God
does move pieces into place in our lives in hopes that we
will recognize His calling to us. Is it any surprise that
the divorce rate is so terribly high in today's world? How
many marriages do you know of, in which the foundation is
the Lord? In a marriage, you become united in serving the
Lord, but you'll find that for most couples, one or neither
have answered their calling and the Lord WILL take away
anything that is more important to people than serving Him.
Lord is calling you, and you feel apprehension in answering
His call ... beware of who is putting the hesitation in your
mind. The "practical" world has no place in spiritual
matters, so start thinking spiritually, and answer your
Father with welcome and gladness, and embrace the rewards
that He promises His servants.
And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God,
to them who are the called according to his purpose.
JESUS SAID ...
He that loveth father or mother more than me
is not worthy of me:
and he that loveth son or daughter
more than me
is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not
his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that
loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
CONSIDER THIS ...
it not strange that if one's country asks them to step up,
walk away from their family for months and even years at a
time and even to sacrifice their life for their country, in
the military ... It is deemed as NORMAL and NOBLE (Which it
very well may be in many cases) ...
BUT, If Jesus asks
Christians to be willing to do the same for HIS CAUSE, as He
did above ... Even some Christians find it to be an extreme
request and any who choose to do so are seen as Jesus freaks
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Be not as Jonah and try and hide from your calling.
The darkness of the whale's belly is the darkness of being out of the
presence of God and is unbearable.
Are YOU called to be a shepherd?
An overseer of His flock ..
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the
flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God,
which He hath purchased with his
Peter shares a lil tip with us
1 Peter 5:2-4
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the
oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly;
not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as
being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to
And when the chief Shepherd
shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that
fadeth not away.
Pretty cool promise huh?
Shepherding for God has the best Eternal Life insurance policy that
money cannot buy.
Do you feel called to serve the Lord by tending His sheep?
If so ... Prove it to Him.
CHRISTIAN CALLING TRUTH IS ...
Many called but few are chosen cuz few choose.
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