I had not been a Christian but for a few months when the Bible class teacher looked at me and asked, “Jack, how did you receive your calling from God?” Likely some may have been shocked that he would ask such a question, but I knew the question was asked to illustrate a point – I had not received any miraculous “calling” that brought me to the obedience of God’s will, and the teacher, Jim Baker, knew that well. Jim then went on in that class to lead a discussion regarding the Biblical truth on that matter. While there is much confusion on the matter of being “called” in the religious world, it is not because of what the Bible teaches, for the Bible is very clear on that matter. In 2 Thessalonians 2:14 the apostle Paul gave the inspired truth to those in Thessalonica as well as us that God “called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” [emphasis mine – jhw]. No, it is not some dream in the night, a voice from heaven or warm feeling that comes over me that is the calling power of God. According to God, it is His gospel. It is no wonder then that Paul spoke of his desire to those in Rome to preach that very word, the gospel, “for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (1:16).
Have you received your calling? If you have heard or studied God’s Word you have. It is then up to the hearer to choose whether to respond by gladly receiving that word and being baptized thus starting a life of continuing in that Word (Acts 2:41-42) or to reject the gospel – God’s calling power unto salvation.
Jack H. Williams