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Waiting By The Phone – Is God Calling You?

Posted on Apr 12 , 2014 in Faith & Ministries

Waiting By The Phone – Is God Calling You?

© By Brad L Hodges

Have you ever wondered if God was calling you to do something?

Usually a call from God is associated with going into the ministry as a pastor, youth leader, music director, children’s teacher, evangelist or some other spiritual leadership position.

It seems that in the Bible these calls from God were dramatic, in-your-face encounters that left little doubt God was recruiting you to do His work.

In Exodus 3:2 (NIV), when Moses was called into service, it can’t get any more dramatic or in-your-face; 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.

Then, as if a bush that is burning, but not burning up, is not enough, God actually speaks to Moses in Exodus 3:7-10; 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

Can you imagine the God of The Universe speaking to you like He did the mere sheep-flock-tender Moses, and telling you; “So now, go?” It would leave little doubt you were being called would it?

The Old Testament is full of direct encounters and conversations with God and man where he spoke to someone firsthand, but fast forward about 400 years to the New Testament and you have Jesus, the son of God, not only walking the earth fully as a man, but calling men to follow him and do his work as directly as your boss gives you a major project to do while sitting in front of him or her in their office!

In Matthew 4:19 Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, and he saw two brothers, Peter and his brother Andrew. 19: “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Whoa! Any doubt about that call to the ministry?

Paul, one of the greatest evangelists the world had ever known, actually started out persecuting Christians. In his own words, Paul says “I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it” (Galatians 1:13). But in one of the mother-of-all-calls by Jesus, on his way to Damascus Paul was confronted directly by the risen Lord in a heavenly vision. Check this out in Acts 9:1-6;

1 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.

“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

BOOM! The Son of God just called you, a persecutor of himself, to go to work for Him…and now!

In post Bible history there have been legions of men and women who have been called to do God’s work but none I know of in such dramatic Biblical fashion.

I have personally conversed with many pastors and other Christian leaders about their call to service for The Lord, and each one relayed how they felt a deep and unmistakable “calling” in their hearts and soul to minister for God and how doors opened to make it possible to follow their call, but none of them had a face-on or unequivocally audible conversation with God.

So what does that mean? Why doesn’t Jesus appear in person to those He calls to do His work any more?

It can’t be because Jesus already ascended back into Heaven after he died and was resurrected here on earth. First of all, God can do anything He wants, but when Jesus appeared to Paul he had already returned to his place beside the Father.

Of course the answer is that when Jesus left planet earth as a man, he left the Holy Spirit to converse with us;

John 14:16-19 (NIV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

John 14:26 (NIV)
But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

Those who have been born again, through accepting Jesus Christ as their personal savior, and are then called to the ministry by Him, are having a conversation directly with Jesus through the Holy Spirit.

While it may not be as dramatic, in human terms, as a burning bush or a face to face human conversation with Jesus by the sea, it is never-the-less a real conversation and if they are truly called into service for God they know it as clearly as if He was sitting visibly in front of them across a desk.

What about you? Have you been called into the ministry? What was your experience in conversing with Jesus about that call? Please feel free to share your encounter in the comment section below.


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