Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.
Those of us who walk with God, have awesome parents! Abraham and Sarah, who went before us as examples of God’s dealings with mankind, walked their walk of faith in a way that all of us can relate to. Even though they laughed at the promise of God, even though they came up with their own answers, and got frustrated along the way, they brought forth their Isaac and gave birth to their family of faith because they judged God faithful and trustworthy to keep his Word. What a legacy!
They demonstrate to us so much of what it means to be called by God. Notice, for instance, that God called Abraham alone. You can come to God in a crowd, but He will always call you alone. You can be part of a team, but you ought to know that God called YOU as an individual.
Along the way, you will be challenged. People will question your authority and gravitas. You will feel disturbed when they don’t affirm you and perplexed when they don’t acknowledge the call on your life.
Your call is first and foremost between you and God. Others didn’t call you, so they can’t call you back, but it will be your responsibility to work out what it will take to fulfill it and to be effective in the sphere of influence that God gives to you.
You cannot lead by threats, or by pressure, or by being controlling. People will allow themselves to be influenced by you to the degree to which they find you credible. You must hold steady through the discouragements and use your creativity to impact people and the circumstances around you.
Do you know that you are called today? Do you have the confidence to walk with God alone in the midst of a crowd? Your role and purpose are going to be released, and your blessing and increase will come when you seek Him for the wisdom you need, not to be a drain on, but to be a blessing to the body of Christ. Make that your goal!
Heavenly Father, thank you for your call on my life. Give me the clarity I need to embrace what it is that you want me to do, and to accept the call.
Thank you my call is not determined by any other human person, but by you alone. I ask you for the grace and the wisdom I need to walk with you through the challenges and to stay faithful to the promise that you have given me; and like Abraham and Sarah, I judge you faithful and trustworthy in all your dealings with me. Thank you, Lord!