Answering The Call

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1 Corinthians 7:17 – But as God has distributed to each one, as the Lord has called each one, so let him walk. And so I ordain in all the churches.

We all receive calls that we sometimes just don’t want to answer. There are the calls we receive from a bill collector, a friend, a family member that we don’t respond to for a lot of reasons. Then, there is the call we receive from God. Yea, I know you have been there. I know I am not the only one.

It’s not unusual for us to not take calls from family members and bill collectors to avoid a conversation we don’t want to have. Sometimes there may be consequences. The call from God is something that we as humans tend avoid for a longer time and with certainty there are consequences. We can come up with all kinds of excuses to avoid the calling God has on our life. I know I’m guilty of that. I’ve ran from what God has called me to do for years.

Why, because I wasn’t feeling secure in myself. I couldn’t see what God saw in me. I only saw my many flaws and short comings. God would tell me to walk up and pray for a person. Shame, uncertainty and fear would not let me move. I would freeze in my tracks. I didn’t feel equipped to do the work. We have read multiple accounts in the bible where someone was called and hesitated.

Questioning God is not unusual. Abraham was called twice by God. Once when in Ur of the Chaldee’s and a year later In Haran. Moses didn’t think he could speak to Pharaoh, He saw first-hand the power of God with the burning bush and still he had questions. When instructed to go to Pharaoh he asked “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelite’s out of Egypt (Exodus 3:11). Yet, in the end he responded to the call.

Questioning God and putting on the brakes for the calling of your life is not uncommon. What I know is that the plans God has for us always lead to our good.

Dear God,

I just want to say thank you for the many blessings I have received. Without You I would not have the strength to walk boldly into my calling. I want to pray for those who maybe struggling with answering the call You have on their life. That they be surrounded with the love and support to use their gifts to serve You.

Amen

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