We have been taking some deacons through training at our church to see from Scripture the biblical purpose, ministry responsibility, and call they have from God to be servants in the Church. This brought to mind some of the things that Paul said about his call.
He asserts in his first letter, Galatians 1:1, that his calling was “not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father.” That places the call on a divine platform with God’s authority. Paul was directly accountable to God for how he carried out that call.
In Paul’s fourth letter, he points to being “called by the will of God” (1 Corinthians 1:1). If we realize that all of us who are in Christ have a calling from God; it is not from man, and it is the will of God which has placed in us the unique gifting that enables us to accomplish His plan and purpose, where we are and in the circumstances we are in. It is then our responsibility to fulfill our calling. God always equips and gives the exact resources we need to fulfill His call. If we feel we lack something, it is because we are not using what He gave in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Finally, Paul was “called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God” (Romans 1:1). The first two verses mentioned above are the “How.” This verse in Romans is the “Why.” In light of Matthew 28:19, we are all “set apart for the gospel of God,” because all gifts given by the Spirit in some way equip us for making disciples. We will examine more of this subject, but may the Lord use this to help you reexamine your calling, and then live for honoring that call.
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