The first time I heard the phrase ‘call’; it was followed by a reverential “God is calling you” command with a tint of fear and death banes. Precious, don’t forget you have a CALL hanging on your head. A prophetic mantle to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth. I hadn’t even found Christ or answered my first altar call before mum and some other sent persons started to emphasize the call of God over my life.
Believe me when I said fear gripped my bones. The mere imagination that the divine being was so interested in having me work for him. At the same time, restricting; I wouldn’t have my life to myself or that he might send me somewhere I’d rather not be.
There was quite much emphasis being made on the sacred call that the last prayer I made before the Lord began to minister directly to me was “Lord, I just want to be a normal Christian”
I know you may have read the ‘normal Christian life’ by Watchman Nee but that wasn’t the burden of my prayer. It was more directed towards the longing and desire to have my life back rather than have my mum or anyone dictate regimented lifestyles to me. Worse, try to tilt my head in a particular direction.
What does the call of God entail?
God’s calling may be the instruction and drawing of God to a vocation, a particular achievement, or to work in an area of passion. Your calling may be a God-breathed purpose for your life and destiny.
‘Calling’ speaks of Father’s intention for your life—the purpose and destiny that you are created for.
A divine calling does not mean that God has a rigid set of plans that you must adhere to. Your calling has ebbs and flows, like a river. It is a journey; your personal walk with Jesus.
Fears for the call of God
We all have fears associated with the call of God. Our wider society and orientation have been that when the lord calls; you genuflect before him, prostrate and answer the hallowed call in fear and trembling before the lion consumes you. No questions asked because God is a consuming and raging fire. I laugh in Swahili.
Okay, I may have exaggerated right there but it isn’t far from what I have been told. If you fail to answer the call of God then nothing in your life will work. Several untutored individuals have succeeded in painting God as a terrorist who goes around tearing people’s visions and businesses down simply because they refused to answer the divine call over their life.
Does this not mean that we’ve managed to equate God to occupy the same realm of wickedness as the oracle in my village? The kind that chases its servants down and destroys them if they fail to answer the call to be its seer.
It is okay; perfectly normal to be in a state of uncertainty about your call but let not fear to rule your domain and heart before instructions guiding your call arrives at your doorstep.
Moses’ Fear and the call of God
Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
The life of Moses poses a great lesson. When Moses was called to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt; Moses responded to God with a question and was no doubt thinking about his own shortcomings. Yet God created Moses for a time just as this.
He had created Him with the background, the upbringing, and the voice that would lead Israel out of Egypt. God already knew the outcome, where Moses was unsure. I can resonate so much with Moses at this time because I think of how many times I’ve muttered the words “who am I?”
Funny thing is that Jesus knows me better than anyone else and He also knows you better than you know yourself! Moses was perfectly selected for this job. There was no one else better suited.
Do you recall the biblical story of three talents in Mathew 25? The last servant gave excuses as to why he hid his Master’s money and was labelled as a wicked and lazy servant. What he had was taken from him and he was cast out into the darkness.
I don’t want this to be me. The third servant hid his money because he feared that he would lose it.
I want to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant” when I enter those pearly gates.
To be used effectively, we cannot be persuaded by fear.
What if Moses refused the call of God over his life?
Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it comes to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
Exodus 1: 8-10 NKJV
Let us do a quick study. Moses was given birth at the time when a huge pandemonium and rage broke out in Egypt. Pharaoh arose and began to slaughter all first males born simply because Israelites thrived more than the people of Egypt.
And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2: 2 NKJV
Moses was hidden away at such time seeing that he was a goodly child and eventually smuggled into the house of the killer himself to be nurtured and groomed. All his years, Moses may not have known that he was called to lead but somehow the Lord managed to put a burden in his heart to make him recognize and associate with his own tribe even to the point of killing an Egyptian.
At the burning bush, the call came officially for the first time
Did Moses reject? Yes, because he was a stammered or as his excuse came. The lord insisted even to the point of annoyance.
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.
Exodus 4:14 NKJV
Moses still embarked on that journey knowing what he has been called to do. Help will be provided and that the lord wasn’t in the business of destroying his life if he refused to answer the call.
Most times I see us peddle God to be a gold digger and inconsiderate in his dealings with us. I tell you, the call of God isn’t meant to come muddled in ungodly fear rather reverence and the long run, fulfilling. First why you called and what are you called to do?
Why has God called you?
We jump through too many procedures in our life and see where it lands us each time. Either in perpetual confusion or bound fear of the calling, we are supposed to appreciate it. I still remember the first time the Lord spoke to me, sitting in the convent chapel.
Quietly, in my place of prayer, he whispered for the first time away from all the noises of God’s call from home. He said: “I have called you to be a prophet to the nations” The second clarity came three years later in my second year in the university.
I didn’t need to struggle anymore or fight the call. I was grateful to be chosen. And just because he called me to be a prophet or gave the prophetic gift didn’t propel me to quit school, go into ministry full-time and attach the hallowed title senior prophetess to my name. I understood by books and discipleship that the calling of God demands clarity, discipline, and tutelage
What has God called you to do?
There is a specific reason the calling of God comes over a person’s life. Listen to me and hear me well enough, every one of us has a calling. A mandate to fulfil in life. In the field of writing and blogging, we call it niching down.
Whereas, in the body of Christ we call it ministerial assignment and responsibilities. He called me to be a prophet but what kind of prophet? The Ezekiel type amid dry bones and eating scrolls. The Jeremiah weeping type? Does it come with an instruction to go to the potter’s house or the Isaiah type to announce the coming of the Messiah?
Could I be the Elijah type in the brook being fed by ravens or widows and calling fire to consume people? Even prophets have a specific assignment to fulfil. I had to stay with the word and still do to hear him per time and season concerning my call.
I Love writing but Blogging for me isn’t just a mere hobby. I didn’t just start because I was bored although that was my state at the time I started. In the long run, I saw it as a platform through which I can reach out to my target audience who happens to be young ladies and recently all young adults. Hence, my content is tailored for a few individuals but beneficial for all.
The mountains of influence: our roles
We have seven mountains of influence which include in no particular order: Family, Religion, Government, Business, Education, Arts and Entertainment, and Media.
Every one of us has been called to occupy these mountains. You don’t need to hear a voice speak to you for you know this fact as a Christian. We are not all only called into pastoral ministry. Hence when you hear God is calling or even if an angel speaks to you, be careful to ask, what am I do?
This is the only way we can have specialization and balance in the body. Regardless of your field of calling, you are meant to evangelize. That is the core business of the kingdom we legislate as priests.
Have you ever felt called into a specific area? Do you know that you have a special talent that God has gifted you with? We are each made to be incredibly unique with a certain set of skills that will honour God’s name and further His Kingdom.
Perhaps you are a singer, an artist, or a writer? Maybe you have a knack for graphic design and media? Have you felt an urging placed upon your heart to get involved with Church or Ministry? No talent is insignificant, each one you possess can potentially serve a purpose if you allow it.
Talents are a little different from spiritual gifts because they are individualized. No one else can fill these shoes of yours exactly the way that you can. Your talents are one-of-a-kind and specifically assigned to you.
To those who have been called to write
You might think yourself to be unschooled enough or grammatically deficient. In my capacity as a writing and blogging coach, I have seen a lot of my students shiver in fear at the beginning of their writing program but most of these came out with masterpiece books they wrote in three months with testimonies to back it up.
My heart is composing a goodly matter; I speak of the verses which I have made concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
Psalms 45: 1
Have you ever felt called to start a blog? Or write a book just as I was led to do the same and improve as days went by. Do not fear anything. Start writing and be rest assured that he will make your tongue and ink that of a ready writer.
How to find your calling
I have written a lot on the call of God and answering that call. However, I know a lot of us do not even know where God has called us to be or function. Your question right now is: “Precious, how do I find my calling?” How do I identify the call of God?
I need you to understand and agree with me that the calling of God is not rocket science. Neither, do you need to journey to the moon to find answers? The answers you seek are right here:
- Look within you- what are your passions? What are those things that burden your heart so much as it relates to the kingdom? I like to put callings to be equated to what makes your heart tick and could cause an uprise of dissatisfaction if not done well by others outside the influence of jealousy and pride. I am not about to tell you to go see a prophet to look into your future but the next step will guide you better
- Ask questions in prayer- you need to learn the habit of asking God per time and season what he has called you do? Even as you journey with God, always remember to stop and ask for directions through prayers. Learn to engage the Holy Spirit in a tete a tete. Make it as simple as possible like a child who desires clarity. “Lord, where are we going to?”
- Trust him through his word- as you engage prayers, the lord will begin to reveal his mind and burden to you through his word. Then said I, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’” Heb 10:14 KJV. Dear, there is an epistle written about you. A line in the scripture just for you. There is a character in the holy book who has walked that path.
Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jer 6:16.
You are in no confusion when the great monarch of Zion is on the sail with you. If you’re still confused. Ask more questions and trust
4. Seek wise counsel from elders- Compass guides us on the path to unfamiliar routes. Asides from the word of God as our first compass, men helped by God; I call them elders and uncles are another pivotal compasses towards the success and completion of our journey. Do not be alone soldier so that you don’t burn out before you even start or miss your way on this path of destiny
5 ways to prepare for the call of God
A lot of young people are always in a hurry to branch out and go into ministry simply because they are overwhelmed by the calling, fascinated, and zealous. Zeal is wonderful and demands applause and accolade. However, zeal without knowledge is dangerous.
I was at a youth conference years ago when a young man asked a question concerning pastoral ministry. He said “Do I have to stop schooling to concentrate on the ministry that God has committed into my hands” the bible reference that comes to mind is
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.
Galatians 1: 15-17 NKJV
Every calling and office in the body of Christ even if your own isn’t included in the fivefold ministry just like writing isn’t included. Yet, a ministry for reaching out to others. They all have their own level of preparation. That is the only way we can have grounded and properly tutored teachers of the word.
The school of the spirit is not taught rather experienced by men of intentionality. Last month, I taught some ladies about mediocrity. One of the striking points I made which you need to note down is that a level of illiteracy exists in the body of Christ which is actually not meant to be. We are supposed to strive for mastery and excellence just as our father and master are perfect in their ways.
I mentioned that one of such ways to kick ignorance out of our lives is to be intentional towards growth and also seek to add value to our lives daily. We aren’t addressing mediocrity right now but we will. Keep an eye out for my blog posts. Let’s just get to the preparation for the call of God:
- Prayer and intimacy: By divine ordination, the mantle for prophetic rested on Elisha. Preparations for such position was achieved through intimacy with God and prayers as he was enrolled for tutorship under his predecessor Elijah, the bible doesn’t speak expressly of such but the doggedness of Elisha to see that the mantle rests on him confirms his resilience in prayer. He indeed learned the way of prayer from Elijah. Elisha became another terror for Jezebel and Ahab. Public manifestations are only an overflow of the secret place
- The word: learn to engage the word of God in season and out of season. It was one of the guiding principles for Joshua during his reign as a leader over Israel
- Prompt obedience: Those times when you may not understand everything, will you be obedient enough to promptly follow the little way he has carved out for you while trusting him for more
- Discipleship: The Apostle Paul began his ministry serving in the local church at Antioch. Despite the powerful prophetic call on his life, he waited until church leaders confirmed the timing of that call before he launched out in his missionary calling. (Acts 13)
The context for prophetic ministry, and the Christian life, is within the community of a local church. Seek out and embrace the community of a church and flourish under the pastoral oversight God gives to you.
5. Fulfill your current calling: What has the Lord committed into your care now? How diligent are you in fulfilling that calling? Most people don’t feel called to sweep the floors. Most people don’t feel called to serve the youth. Most people don’t feel called to do the thankless jobs that just need to get done.
Rather, people feel called to be the preacher, to be the leader, to be the one leading the charge. And maybe one day you will have that calling. But I can promise you that you won’t go from zero to being a hero in one swift motion.
I love that David was anointed to be king but God did not immediately make him the king. David came in from the fields tending sheep, came into the house, and was anointed by Samuel to be king over all Israel, but then God sent him back out into the fields.
Finally my brethren
I sound like Apostle Paul with this my conclusion. Lols. The call of God shouldn’t come with much gripping fear rather joy and gladness that you have been found worthy. We talked about a lot of things from finding your calling, identifying what you are called to do, why you are called, and preparations for the calling of God.
Now, if the Lord calls, will you be prompt to say thank you Lord for choosing me?
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