How Different People Were Called

How Different People Were Called

Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 9:16

16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!


God calls His servants in a variety of ways. Sadly, God cannot be set to operate in a specific manner. He just does not conform to any of the stereotypes that we would like to see Him adopt. 

God is not a machine that can be configured to operate consistently.  The computer saves something each time you press Control-S.  The computer copies something each time you hit Control-C. The computer pastes what has been copied each time you press Control-V.  The same command never yields a different response from the computer.  That isn’t God; that’s a computer!

God will not always call people to the same thing. It’s possible that He will speak to you entirely differently than He did to me.  Paul, for example, asked Timothy to seek out individuals who are motivated to work for Him.  However, we witness how someone who had no desire for a divine appointment was called in the life of Moses.  I want to share with you a few different ways that God might ask you to serve Him.

1. The divine call of Paul through quiet convictions:  1 Corinthians 9:16

There is nothing as important as a personal conviction to serve the Lord. 

2. The divine call of Abraham through the Word of the Lord: Genesis 12:1-4

3. The divine call of Jacob through a dream: Genesis 28:12-16

4. The divine call of Moses through an unusual and unnatural occurrence that drew his attention: Exodus 3:1-6 5.

5. The divine call of Aaron through Moses:  Exodus 4:14-16

6. The divine call of Joseph through his childhood dreams: Genesis 37:5-10

7. The divine call of Joshua when Moses sent him: Exodus 17:9-11

8. The divine call of Samuel by staying in the church and being trained to recognize God’s voice, which sounds like a man’s voice:  1Samuel 3:1-10

9. The divine call of Elisha by having a mantle thrown on him: 1 Kings 19:19

10. The divine call of Jeroboam through the word of the prophet: 1 Kings 11:29-38

11. The divine call of David through the anointing of the prophet: 1 Samuel 16:11-13

12. The divine call of Solomon through a double dream:  1 Kings 11:9-12

13. The divine call of Isaiah through a vision: Isaiah 6:1, 8-9

14. The divine call of Ezekiel through the Word of the Lord:  Ezekiel 1:2-3

15. The divine call of Jeremiah through the Word of the Lord: Jeremiah 1:1-10

16. The divine call of Peter, Andrew, James, and John by being asked to follow: Matthew 4:18-22

17. The divine call of Paul through spectacular and supernatural visitations: Acts 9:1-9

18. The divine call of Timothy through his family upbringing and the hand of Paul: 2 Timothy 1:5-6; 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 2:1; 2 Timothy 1:9

I’ve now enumerated eighteen points that illustrate how people were called to differently in the Bible. I want you to go over them again, look over the scriptural allusions, and feel secure in your calling if you believe it is in any of the aforementioned points or in something else entirely.


Dear Lord! I understand that I am called and differently. I pray that those reading this text may come to understand their calling and begin perfecting the saints to do the work of the ministry which will edify the body of Christ, 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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