The I AM says I am called!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Once upon a time, there were phones that were attached to a wall and served as the communication device for the entire family, as a whole, to connect with the outside world. In the case of these old phones, you needed to be prepared to pay hefty long-distance charges if you considered the outside world anywhere other than your local city or state. If you wanted to make a call, you had to wait your turn. If the phone rang no one thought to just let it ring. If you didn’t answer a call, you missed it. There was no voicemail. Also, if you wanted to be the one to answer the call, you better have been sitting closest to the machine and pick it up fast or yell, “I’ve got it!” louder and more dramatically than anyone else in the house. You actually had to say hello and wait to hear the voice on the other end of the line to know who was calling; there was no Caller ID. If you wanted any privacy when talking on this phone, you would stretch the cord that connected the handset to the base as far as you could without pulling the machine off the wall. You would have to hunker down in a corner putting your hand over the mouthpiece as you spoke into it. This phone could not tell you the time or the forecast; but you could dial a local number for a robotic recording of the local time and temperature. This phone didn’t have directions, it couldn’t pay the bills, and it couldn’t play music or take pictures. This phone had one purpose – to send and receive calls.
Wouldn’t it be great if we heard the call on our life as loud and clear as the ring on an old phone? We would hear the unmistakable voice of God coming in, we would listen, and respond accordingly. But it is not that easy. Samuel, a young boy who heard the audible voice of God, is a great example of this struggle. God had called out to him, called him by name three times. But it wasn’t until the fourth time that Samuel recognized the voice of his Creator and replied, "Speak, your servant is listening" (Samuel 3:10b). It makes me wonder how often our God is calling us to something that we don’t recognize His voice.
Many people today are confused about their calling. They equate their calling with their career. And while it is true that numerous people’s careers are in line with their calling, we are missing the mark if we feel our purpose is completely tied to our profession. It is not. In Matthew 22:36-37 Jesus is asked about the greatest commandment and replies that it is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Ladies, we are called to love Him with a crazy love that leads others to seek Him. We are called to give Him our heart and joyfully put Him before everything. “My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways” (Proverbs 23:26).
We don’t need to see God on our Caller ID to realize that He wants to communicate with us. When we are passionately pursing Him we will find our purpose. His calling isn’t always defined by huge life changes and decisions. Often found in the obedience to say yes to the less obvious choices we make to follow Him every day. Maybe we feel the Spirit prompting us to call a friend, treat the person behind us to their lunch, or sit and listen to a family member when we need to be completing a chore. So today, whether He is calling you to the something monumental like mission field or something as seemingly mundane as to show compassion to someone in need, respond in obedience like Samuel and proclaim, “I am called…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Isaiah 43: 6-7, 21; Mark 1:16-18; Acts 9:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; 2 Timothy1:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; Philippians 3:14
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen