My phone sits face up on the desk.
The words “ACCEPT” or “DECLINE” flash on the screen.
I go over in my head if I want to answer the call or not. What could they want of me? Do I have the time to talk to them? The desire? The energy?
I mean isn’t this “textable”? Hello, its 2019! Plus, whatever they want, can’t they just ask someone else?
Whew. Good, now I can go back to doing whatever it is that I wanted to do.
This scenario is all too familiar to me. It happens at least once or twice a week. Not that I don’t love my friends or family, but I sometimes give the excuse of I’m busy, I don’t have time, or there’s something else that I need/want to be doing at this moment. I just can’t answer the call.
Think about this scenario again— but this time imagine GOD was calling.
YIKES! How terrible to not answer God’s call.
It happens. God often CALLS us to do and be certain things during our time here on EARTH. However, how many of us actually ACCEPT the call? Do you have the open mind and the open heart to hear God’s call? When He calls are you indecisive and maybe just let the call ring, ring, ring? Do you press DECLINE because you’re too focused on other things— things that you want, things that you “need”?
Looking in the Bible, we can see many instances where people were CALLED by God to do something or to be something. However, the response to the call varied by the individual.
Moses was CALLED to lead the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. (Exodus 6:28-7:7)
The Virgin Mary was CALLED. Called to birth and raise our Lord Jesus Christ. (Luke 1:26-38)
The prophet Jeremiah was CALLED. Called to relay a very important message to the people of Judah (Jeremiah 1:6)
We can be CALLED to do something or we can be CALLED to be something (a mother, a mentor). “The Call” doesn’t have to be this extravagant flash of light or a voice or anything noticeable to the human senses. A call can be quiet. A call can be still. A call can just be the Lord speaking to you through dreams and thoughts and your spirit being at peace about a decision.
Another common theme between all the people in the Bible mentioned above is that they each had a “rebuttal” when they were called to their assignment. Moses complained that he wasn’t a good speaker. Mary brought up the fact that she was a virgin and didn’t have a husband yet. Jeremiah told God that he was too young.
Let’s be very clear regarding rebuttals to the Lord—– God doesn’t need your “BUT”. There is no room for “but, this” and “but, that”. God is all knowing, all powerful. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Nothing is impossible for Him and He wouldn’t call you to an assignment that you were not able to complete. However, answering God’s call does require things from you. It requires:
- humility (it’s not about you anymore),
- discipline (you have to see things to completion and do things with excellency),
- endurance (knowing how to face challenges but still push through and persevere)
- patience (things won’t just happen overnight)
- confidence (confidence in God and confidence in yourself that you are capable of doing this thing—God chose YOU, He didn’t choose your neighbor or your sister. He knows every mistake you’ve ever made. He knows your strengths and weaknesses, yet He still chose you for such a time as this)
Maybe there is something right now that you’re being called for. Maybe you haven’t quite rejected the call yet but maybe you haven’t fully accepted or embraced the call either. I’ve been told that lack of a response is actually a response as well.
So will you answer? Will you answer God’s call to be and do what He wants you to do? He’s trusting you. He’s believing in you. He’s Calling.
As always, may your eyes, your head, and your spirit be LIFTED.
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