How Does God Call Us?

God calls us in two ways.

First, he gives us special gifts and talents that he wants us to identify and to use to glorify him and to make life better for other people.

Second, he asks us to do things for which we have no gift whatsoever in ways that we do not understand.

When God called Moses to lead his people out of slavery in Egypt, Moses replied that he had no gifts of speaking or leadership. First God rebuked Moses, saying that he made the words and he had made Moses' mouth as well, so Moses should be able to do just fine. But then God relented and gave him Aaron, his brother, to speak for him. (Exodus 3: 10 - 16)

When God called Abraham and his wife Sarah to found a new race of people who would worship the One God, Abraham gave his wife away to other men twice, but they both gave her back to Abraham, and she and Abraham became the parents of Isaac in their old age, and the Jewish nation descended from them (Genesis 21: 1 - 7).

When God called Jonah to preach to the people of Ninevah, Jonah knew that the only way to get to Ninevah was by going overland to the east. So he immediately got on a ship and went west by water (Jonah 1: 1 - 3). God prevailed, and Jonah finally ended up in Ninevah, where God had told him to go.

When Jesus called the twelve disciples, they all left whatever they were doing to follow him.

In First Corinthians 1 : 26 - 31, Paul talks to the people of Corinth about how God had chosen them. God did not choose the wise or the strong or the well born, but he chose the weak and the foolish so that the people had to recognize it was God who was responsible for the results.

The Holy Spirit through the Bible calls each and every one of us to do what God wants us to do.

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