Looking at God’s creation, we see the element of calling and responding. As I look at the animals at the farm, I find it fascinating how God has built in them the ability of one calling and the other responding.

It is so evident in their everyday lives and is a necessary aspect of their lives to be effective, for their very survival.

As an example, the baby goat has the ability to call and the mother responds, and vice versa. What is interesting is that the mother recognizes the call of her own kid and the kid responds to its mother’s call. Looking at that, that there is a oneness between the mother and its offspring, for them to recognize and respond specifically to each other’s call.

In the same way, there needs to be a oneness between us and our Creator, so we can recognize His call to us and respond to it. In John 10:27 Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”

Before we attempt to address the issue of calling from a Christian perspective and how to respond to it, I would like to first point out, that in my life in the western culture, I have heard a number of people using the word calling in relation to a call to attend a certain church or join an organization, thereby limiting the scope of the calling.

Our call is to something more.

This ideology of calling, I am afraid, further divides the body of Christ and renders us powerless. If we truly look at the scripture, like the one referenced above, God knows us and if we know Him we will hear His voice. That means our calling is based upon God calling us first, and us hearing and responding to Him, just as the baby goat responds specifically to its mother.

Matthew 4:19 says, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” This was a clear call from God to the men who were going about their regular routine, when they received a call. Recognizing the Caller, the response was immediate. They identified the Caller and responded to His call to follow Him.

Os Guiness, in his book “The Call,” says, “To be a disciple of Christ is to be a called one and so to become a follower of the Way.” He also said, “Calling is the truth that God calls us to Himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, everything we have is invested with a special devotion, dynamism and direction lived out as a response to His summons and service.”

So let us not make the mistake of limiting ourselves by looking at our calling by God to one specific place or organization or people group. Looking through the scriptures, calling has been a lifestyle of living and being in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

To answer our question of what is a Christian’s call, I believe there are two types of calling. In our primary call we are called to respond to God Himself, to come to Him. Our secondary call comes out of our response to His call, and we end up fulfilling our services to a people group.

Without the first, the second is purely works of the flesh. With the first, the second becomes a work of the Spirit. God bless.

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Erick Kalenga is pastor of His Village church in Culpeper.

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