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By Joe Fauss

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received (Eph 4:1 NIV).

For me, the calling of God came to my life during a short-term outreach in Central Mexico. Being so blessed that God was really using me in His work, I began to pray and ask God to let me sell my businesses and move from my comfort zone in America to the Mexican city that I had learned to love. I had it all worked out. I would come and help the missionary. I felt that what I had been doing for 3 weeks would last forever. God knew my heart, but He answered, " Not here and not now, but I do have a work for you to do for Me." I returned to my hometown and He led me into a ministry of taking hope and help to a troubled world.

I think the best word we have in English to describe the calling of God is to understand it as a jury summons given or an arrest being made. Our first calling (summons) is to come to Christ. Jesus calls us to Himself. We are called to Christ; we are called to holiness; we are called to His work. The calling of God is not by man, but by the Lord Jesus Christ. How marvelous that He wants us to work in his kingdom. He says, " You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you (John 15:16 KJV).

We are called to His will for our lives, and He says for us not be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is (Eph 5:17 KJV). He does not hold back His will from us, but we are to offer ourselves to Him and He will show us His will. Do you really want to know it? Do you really want to be called into His service? Are you ready to put your hand to the plow and not look back? What is the calling of God?

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:13-14). NIV

Jesus Christ calls us to Himself in order to save us from our sins and send us forth in His commission for our lives. In the final hours of this world when everything is over, who will be with Him? His called, chosen, and faithful followers (Rev 17:14) Therefore, we are to join Paul in encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory (1Thes 2:11-12)

He not only calls us to a one-time repentance, but calls us to a lifestyle of holiness. It is a Divine Summons from the Commander and Chief Christ Jesus (1 Cor 1:2). (NIV). To Abram, God said, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you." He called to Moses from within the bush, "Moses! Moses!" And Moses said, "Here I am." He was called to lead God's people out of Egyptian bondage. He later heard the Lord say to him, "Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay your hand on him. It was time for God to call and commission Joshua. Moses did as the LORD commanded him. He took Joshua and had him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole assembly. Then he laid his hands on him and commissioned him, as the LORD instructed through Moses. Num 27:22-23 (NIV)

And the God who called him said to him, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." To Gideon, God said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?"  "But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family." The LORD answered, "I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together." (NIV) God does not calls us and then forsake us; He will be with us and never, never, never leave us nor forsake us. To Samuel, God called three times and finally on the third call came, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then he said, "Speak, for your servant is listening." Do you hear your name? How long has God been calling you? Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine (NIV) Isa 43:1.Isaiah heard His voice, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me (Isa 6:8)(KJV).

From the Damascus road, Jesus called to Paul (Saul) and said, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me" He heard the call and later confessed, "I am Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope" Gal 1:1 (NIV) and also" I am Paul, an apostle,---- sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead."-- 1 Tim 1:1 (NIV)


Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom 12:1-2 NIV).