What It Means to Be “Called”- Part One

What It Means to Be “Called”- Part One

Scripture: Luke 19:5

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.


Being aware of what it means to be “called” will make it easier for you to obey God.  Many people hurt themselves by ignoring this heavenly privilege.  A far greater honor than being appointed to the White House is to be “called” by God.  However, a lot of people ignore the “call” and seize other, less lucrative opportunities. I would like to explain what it really means to get a “call” from God.  You will always be grateful for your appointment if you can comprehend the revelation of the “calling.”  While being saved is a wonderful blessing, being “called” by God to labor in His vineyard is an even greater honor.  We really don’t deserve this wonderful opportunity. 



To be “called” by God means to be identified, called out by name, and selected by God. 

The English, Greek, and Hebrew dictionaries will define what it means to be called in order to help you better appreciate what a wonderful privilege it is to be called.  A “call” is an act of clearly calling someone, according to the English dictionary. It means to have one’s name, attributes, identity, and label assigned by God.

Here are some instances of individuals who were addressed by name.  Yes, it is amazing that God would call you to be a great and well-known person.  God called a number of individuals by name.  He called them by name and gave them instructions to follow Him.  Names were called out, including Zacchaeus, Samuel, Bezaleel, Moses, and numerous other disciples.  How honorable it is to be addressed by name. Acts 9:4-5, 1 Corinthians 1:1, Luke 19:5, Exodus 3:4, Exodus 31:2, 1 Samuel 3:4, Romans 1:1, and Mark 1:19–20

2. RECEIVING SPECIAL MERCY-2 Corinthians 4:1

Being “called” means that the Lord will extend extra kindness to you.  To be shown mercy is to feel the same compassion or patience as one would show an enemy or an offender.  The fact that God is calling you indicates that He is sympathetic and forgiving of you!  God’s call to you is His greatest act of kindness, forgiveness, and clemency, second only to salvation.


To be “called” also means to be appointed by God for a special purpose.  To be appointed by God means you have been selected for a

special position. To be appointed by God also means you have been employed, signed up, assigned, selected, chosen, and picked for the job.  Why then would you allow yourself to be employed by someone lesser than Almighty God Himself?


To be set apart for God’s purposes is to be “called” by Him.  This is arguably the most significant explanation of what it means to be “called.”  Your isolation and separation from the greater Christian community are inherent to God’s calling. To be separated from someone or something is to take them out of a bigger group.  Therefore, you have been set apart for God’s purposes because of your calling.

You have been set apart from the greater lay Christian community because of your calling. Being cut off from an association is referred to as separation.  It also indicates that you have been cut off from something by this separation. You have been cut off from secular ideals and life in this instance.  You have also been cut off from your friends and family by your calling.  In fact, having a high calling may even mean being cut off from other Christians. 

Please! Would you please join me tomorrow as I wrap up this fascinating discussion on “what it means to be called”? We’ll be examining those who are appropriately called and sent out.


Thank you for teaching me what it means to be called. May the application of your Word bring results in our life this year, amen.

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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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