Characteristics of “Called” People

Characteristics of “Called” People

Scripture: Exodus 3:11

11 And Moses said unto God, who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

Reflection. states that God promises to send Moses to lead the liberation of Israel from Egyptian slavery, speaking through a miraculously burning bush. Moses has a clear understanding of the goal. He reiterates the precise command to approach Pharaoh and lead the Israelites away from Egypt.

I want to talk to you about a few traits of those who were called according to the scriptures today.

1. God calls FAILURES. Exodus 3:11

Moses failed to deliver the people in the first instance, but God chose him even though he had failed to deliver the people. Are you a failure in any way? Many people have failed in their life’s assignment but God still “calls” failures. 

2. God calls UNWORTHY PEOPLE. Exodus 3:11

If you examine yourself honestly, you will realise how unworthy you are. But it will be your ability to overcome this sense of unworthiness that will release you into ministry. Do not let the feelings of unworthiness keep you from obeying your call. We all know we are unworthy. If you hold back from obeying God because of your unworthiness, you would have become the biggest fool on earth. God “calls” unworthy people and He is calling you. 

3. God calls people who have been REJECTED. Exodus 2:12-14

Rejection is part of this life.  Rejection is a very painful experience. To be rejected is to feel disliked, disrespected, and unwanted.

4. God calls people who are NOT BELIEVABLE.  Exodus 4:1

It is true that there is nothing about you that would particularly make people believe in God. Most of us are just ordinary people with nothing special about us.  In spite of this, God uses ordinary people like you and me. It is amazing that He gets His work done with people who are not readily credible or believable. Dear friend, have faith in God. If He can raise up stones to worship Him, then He can use you. 

5. God calls people with an INFERIORITY COMPLEX.  Exodus 4:10 (NASB)

All of us have things about us that give us an inferiority complex! Your inferiority complex makes you feel that God should choose somebody else.  Moses felt that he could not speak as well as other people, so he asked the Lord to send someone else.  Be careful with your prayer requests because God got angry with Moses for constantly questioning his call. God had invested in him over the years. God had protected him from the Egyptians and trained him in the Egyptian palaces. When it was time for him to step out in ministry, he gave excuses. But there is no excuse, no matter how humble sounding it is, that is good enough for you to reject the call of God. 

6. God calls people who have FAILED AT EARLIER ATTEMPTS in ministry.  Exodus 5:22-23

The miracles of Moses did not have the effect Moses expected.  Moses was disappointed in God and in himself. Perhaps you have had some disastrous disappointments in the ministry. These disappointments should not be taken as indications of whether you are called or not. Being called has nothing to do with things working or things not working out! Being called is all about your conviction of God having appointed you to His service. 

7. God calls people who are NOT ELOQUENT.  Jeremiah 1:6

An eloquent person expresses himself readily, clearly, and effectively.  The prophet Jeremiah knew that he could not express himself very well and he said so.  This is a common complex that people who are “called” have. When you listen to eloquent preachers who have been in ministry for years, you wonder if you will ever be able to speak like them. With such shining examples before you it is always easier to remain in your world of anonymity. 

Hello, pals! I’d like to end this discussion now, but I invite you to come back tomorrow when I’ll be continuing this fascinating lesson with more examples of some traits of those who were called differently.


Thank you, Lord! I appreciate that you have called me to perfect the saints, and for the saints to do the work of the ministry, which would edify the body of Christ. May my character become a clear example to other believers and unbelievers, amen.

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Ref: Bishop Dag Heward-Mills

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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