The Bible contains many exciting accounts of God calling individuals and groups of people to know Him and to follow His plans. Noah was called to build an ark, Abraham to leave his homeland to a land that would one day belong to his descendants; the Hebrews were called out of Egypt to be God’s special people.
Jesus began calling individuals from the outset of His ministry – beginning with the fishermen Peter, Andrew, James and John: ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’
Jesus’ call was no light-touch refocus. It was all-encompassing, the call to leave all the old ways of thinking and doing, habits, the expectation of others, financial and family security. It was the call to leave the old tracks and set out on a new one: following Jesus and being part of His kingdom. His call came with a warning to consider carefully the personal cost of following Him before making a response.
Jesus’ call was to a life of sacrificial choices, involving the death of all ‘the old life’ (and possibly physical death as well) in order to find a new one of life, love, joy, faith and sharing. The rewards of following the call were tangible: ‘in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields – along with persecutions – and in the age to come eternal life. Some heard the call and followed. Many heard the call and chose not to follow.
Paul, persecutor-turned-disciple, heard Jesus call him as he journeyed to destroy the church in Damascus. Later in life he wrote to the Ephesian Christians: “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received”.
Paul was called to be a disciple. He was also called to be an apostle. Mother Teresa spoke of a ‘call within a call’ to serve the poorest of the poor.
Talk about how God called you to be a disciple. Did it come with joy, sorrow or both?
Besides being a disciple, is there anything else (like Paul) God has called you to?
Read Matthew 13:44: Why is the kingdom compared to ‘treasure’ and why is it ‘hidden’?’ What does it mean for you ‘to sell all you have and buy the field?’
Does God call us once, several times or again and again?
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