There are three major “calls” of God that will come to every individual. There is the “call” to salvation, the “call” to serve Him, and the “call” to one’s eternal home. Everything else that happens in one’s life will depend on how one responds to the first and second “call” of God. The third “call” is determined by how we respond to the first “call.”
The first “call”
The Word of God says in 1 Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Also, “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-17).
The second “call”
Then in 2 Timothy 1:7-9, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
The third & final”call”
Lastly, in 1 Peter 5:10, “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
How will you answer?
It seems to me that the Bible tells the history of everyone and reveals how they lived out their call. History will reveal how we have lived out ours. Other than Jesus, the prophet Elijah is one of the greatest examples of one who was called unto God, unto His service, and unto His glory. Everything that happened to him and through him speaks of his call and faithfulness.
What will be our story?
Have a blessed Lord’s Day.