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What it means to be ‘Called’- Part Two

What it means to be ‘Called’- Part Two

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.

Reflection.

The progression from yesterday continues today. For a better understanding, I therefore urge you to review the portion of the lesson from yesterday that we started.

5. TO BE SENT OUT PROPERLY

To be “called” by God means to be sent out. There is a difference between someone who was sent and someone who just went! God, sending you means He is dispatching you on a journey to serve Him or to get something for Him. Indeed, God is sending you to fetch many souls from the grips of the devil. 

6. RECEIVING GRACE FROM GOD

To be “called” by God means that the grace of God is upon you.  In the first place, it is God’s unmerited favour that gives us our salvation.  But when God calls you, He shows you even more kindness and clemency.  This kindness is over and above the kindness that caused your salvation. 

As you can see, it is when this unmerited favour is extended even further that you receive a call to work for God!  Indeed, to receive grace is to receive favour, benevolence, clemency, and leniency.  It is this leniency from God that invites and welcomes somebody like you into the ministry!

7. RECEIVING A MINISTRY FROM GOD

To be “called” by God means you have received a ministry from God.  To receive a ministry from God is to come into possession of the duties and functions of a particular stream of Kingdom work. What a blessing to be welcomed into the functions of a particular line of God’s work. When you are called, God welcomes your special line of service to Him. 

8. RECEIVING A TALENT FROM GOD

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey. Matthew 25:14-15

To be “called” by God is to receive a talent from God.  A talent is a gift, a capacity, ability, or an endowment from God.  God expects you to use this tangible endowment to advance the Kingdom.  A talent can also be described as a general ability, or some specific intelligence given to you by God.  Receiving a talent speaks of receiving a special creative aptitude.  When you are called, you receive a flair for doing certain things. 

9. RECEIVING A GIFT FROM GOD

To be called by God means you have received a gift from God. This gift is a natural capacity or talent freely given to you by God.  To be called by God is to be given a natural capacity for certain things. This is why people who are called seem to do certain things effortlessly. If you are called to pastor a church, you will have the gift of effortlessly looking after troublesome people for many years.  If you are called to evangelize you will have the gift of loving the poor masses who have nothing to give in return. a. The Hebrew word for gift is mattan, which means a present. 

10. RECEIVING AN OFFICE

To be “called” by God means you have received an office.  What a blessing this is!  To be called by God is to be put in an office by the Lord.  What greater privilege can you have than to be given an office by the Lord?  An office is a place of work, a responsibility, a job, a position, a task, and a function. Anyone who is called has received an office with special responsibilities. Your new and special office gives you a position of authority or power.  Indeed, to be called is to receive an office from God and to come into possession of a position which gives you much authority. 

To sum up! These teachings have undoubtedly taught us what it means to be called. Some people, though, are still unsure of whether they have been called or not. You most likely believe that you have enough time to decide whether to answer God’s call on your life. Indeed! God has your life; you may have the freedom to choose when to answer the call. However, one thing is for sure—you do not. God can call at any time, and it is our responsibility to answer, either to serve Him in this life or to give an account of our actions following a life well lived.

“And just as it is appointed for mortals to die once, and after that the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin, but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:27-28).

Prayer.

Dear Lord! Thank you for these teachings. I willingly accept the call now and by your help and grace, we all will accomplish our ministries, 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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