The Call? It’s for You!

“Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” When God spoke those words to Abram in Genesis 12:1, perhaps He tickled a latent dream in Abram’s heart. Perhaps He scared the man.

While the Bible doesn’t mention Abram’s emotional reaction, it does chronicle his action. “So Abram left, as the Lord had told him” Genesis 12:4. He obeyed, and God rewarded his obedience with multiple blessings.

The Lord calls us all. Sometimes He issues “big” calls to a new ministry or mission field, and frequently He issues “little”—but no less important—calls to help others, live godly lives, and walk more closely with Him.

God’s calls produce a variety of emotions—fear, doubt, excitement, and awe jumble together in our minds. But our emotions don’t matter as much as our actions. We must obey.

Obedience requires great faith. God often calls us to a task we don’t think we can handle. We have to trust Him to prepare us, to give us the strength and ability, and most importantly—to work through us.

The blessings of obedience may be immediate, but even if we don’t see blessings until we’re in heaven, obedience to God’s call is worth it.

How have you experienced God’s call in your life? Have you seen the blessings of obedience?

5 Responses to “The Call? It’s for You!”

  1. Mel

    Timely post. I have to learn to stop being insecure and questioning. I’m really good at getting a very CLEAR message and then I will turn around and say,”Are you sure? Are you sure you want ME to write that or do that?” I do love that God seems to enjoy confirmations 🙂 He gives me enough of them 🙂

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  2. Lorna Faith

    Appreciate the post. Yes…feeling quite fearful at the prospect of finishing my 1st MS…a historical fiction. However like your great post reminds me…God called Abram to an unknown land…and he was obedient. Feeling that kindof pull in a similar direction. I guess I just have to ‘do it afraid!’
    Thanks for the reminder:)

    Bless you,

  3. Rick Barry

    Throughout history, the Lord has called upon people to go to other places, or to perform particular tasks, some large, some small. The guarantee we have is that He doesn’t send us alone. He who calls us also empowers us and goes with us. May we never be found AWOL when the Almighty summons us for duty. Thanks for this.

  4. Lois Hudson

    Like Mel said, I struggle with what I know is a call to write. It seems there are so many other more critical things going on in the world. But at my stage and situation of life, I’ve had enough confirmations to realize that He’s placed me where I am, and He’ll call others to what I call “more critical” areas of ministry, so I must joyfully accept the job of telling stories that glorify Him, and trust Him to use them as He will.

    Be blessed!

  5. Sarah Sundin

    Wow! I guess I’m not the only one who experienced fear when God called me!

    Mel – ah yes, the second-guessing. I’ve found myself saying things like, “Are You sure You really thought this through, Lord?” Um, yes. He has. He’s God. When I realize how silly my fears are, it’s easier to set them aside.

    Lorna – “do it afraid!” I love that! That’s exactly what we have to do. Take some time and really think through what you’re afraid of – failure? Success? Change? That helps you rise above it. Then go finish that ms!!!!!

    Rick – thank gooodness for God’s presence, huh?

    Lois – If God has called you to write, THAT is your critical area of ministry. Same as if He called you to rock babies in the nursery or set up chairs for Sunday school or listen to a hurting friend. There are no “little” or “insignificant” jobs in God’s kingdom. And I think that’s one of the coolest things about how God works 🙂