"The Call: What just happened?"
The concept of calling is a big one. You feel drawn by God to something more, something special, but what?
If you’ve told anyone what you’re thinking, they’ve probably already bombarded you with questions that make you feel like you should have all the answers. Not true!
The problem is, most of the questions that well-meaning people ask begin with what.
• What area of ministry are you going into?
• What will your first move be?
• What position are you looking for?
• What title will you hold?
• What education will you pursue?
The better question for those who feel called is Who? And the answer is Jesus Christ! You are not called to a position, a place, a livelihood, a category, or a title. You are called to Jesus! And guess what. You don’t have to have all the answers because He does!
Following are excerpts from the calling stories of several disciples. Notice that Jesus doesn’t sit down with any of them and discuss the perks and drawbacks of joining His team or give them a detailed itinerary of what they’ll be doing for the next few years. He doesn’t call them to a task or to a position, but to Himself with just two simple words, “Follow me.”
Jesus does the same today, and it’s okay not to have all the answers or be able to explain what’s going on in your heart. As you follow Him, Jesus will reveal His plans for you, and you can pass the information along to others if you want to. Until then, tell the question-askers, “My calling is to follow Christ.”
Respond to the following in your journal:
Describe the moment you told God that your future was His. How did you feel? What were your thoughts?
What did you learn through Bible study today?
How were you encouraged? How were you challenged?