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Calling

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God’s summoning of individuals and people to himself, so that they will belong to him and serve him in his world. The calling of a believer may involve a specific place, task or vocation in life.

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God calls individuals to belong to him and serve him

God calls all people everywhere

Acts 17:30 HCSB
“Therefore, having overlooked the times of ignorance, God now commands all people everywhere to repent,
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Few respond positively to God’s call

Matthew 22:14 HCSB
“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
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Responding to God’s call results in salvation

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God calls Christians to live differently

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Living in peace:

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serving one another

Living in hope:

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1 Thessalonians 4:7 HCSB
For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification.

God called particular individuals to do specific tasks at specific times

Abraham:

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Moses; Samuel; Isaiah

Cyrus:

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The servant of the Lord:

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Jeremiah; Hosea; Amos

Jonah:

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The disciples:

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Barnabas and Paul

Paul:

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God called a people, Israel, to serve him in a special way

Isaiah 43:1 HCSB
Now this is what the Lord says— the One who created you, Jacob, and the One who formed you, Israel — “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.
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The believer’s place in life is understood to be a calling

1 Corinthians 7:17 HCSB
However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches.
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