Called

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Exodus 31:2: See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

God calls people for specific purposes. You are not an accident, especially if you are a Christian. The bible says that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which he has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Jeremiah was told of his call as a prophet (Jeremiah 1:1-5). Isaiah had a revelation after king Uzziah died (Isaiah 6:1-10), where he saw the Lord high and lifted up with his train filling the temple. The awe of the moment made him proclaim that he is a man with unclean lips dwelling in the midst of an unclean people. Then an angel of God brought a coal from God’s presence to touch his tongue, to purge it of uncleanness. Then he heard God say: who shall we send, who shall go for us? To which Isaiah answered, here am I send me. He was then given the definition of his call.

Amos, relating his call said that he was a businessman (Amos 7:14-15), tending to Sycamore tree, when God sent him to prophesy to his people Israel. God wanted a better use for him than mere being concerned with his own business interest. He wanted to use him on a grander scale, as a prophet for Israel, with spiritual impact even on other nations around.

Jesus defined his call when he was alive, saying: I am not called except to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24). Paul as an apostle was called to the gentiles, while Peter, also an apostle was also called to the Jews (Galatians 2:8).

There seems to be division of labour in the work of the ministers of God; not only are there five different forms of ministry gifts: apostle, prophets, teacher pastor and evangelist, Paul, referring to the people as field he says that, he plants, while Apollos waters but God gives the increase. That means there is a planting call and there is a watering call (1Corinthians 3:6).

Paul because of his planting call, said that he wants do ministry in a spiritually virgin lands so that he would not build on another man’s foundation (Romans 15:20). He had a founder’s mindset. But Apollos had a “waterer” mindset, able to move in to bless the church that has already started. He was equipped with eloquence.

We need to understand the specificity of our calls, so that we can maximise, and fully embrace it because in that lies out success. Paul admonished Timothy to fully embrace his call so that his progress will be plain to everyone (1Timothy 4:13-15). Paul said to Philemon that he should acknowledge every good thing in him in Christ Jesus, because this will greatly increase his effect in life (Philemon 1:6).

Jesus gave Peter and his brother a call (Mark 1:16-17), to be fishers of men, but they were not going to be that apart from him. He said I will make you fisher of men.

What are you called to do, what are you called to accomplish on the earth? God said he called Bezaleel by name to participate in a major way in the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. Bezaleel could have refused to do God’s bidding like Jonah did, he could have added to or removed from the instruction of God like King Saul (I Samuel 15:1-3, 8-9), but at the end, the bible recorded that Bezaleel carried out the vision in the heart of Moses the man of God to the letter (Exodus 38:22). You are called to carry out what is in the heart of God not your own opinion.

Jesus said: I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18). The design of the church is in the hand of God, and you need Him to tell you how you will fit into the whole building arrangement, not presuming you know what he wants you to do, but hearing from the Holy Spirit first.

Note that God did not expect that Bazelle will carry out his work, with his own ability, God equipped him his with own Spirit. God said that he has filed him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship (Exodus 32:2-3). He has been infused with abilities to carry out the mind of God with precision.

God gave him work to do, but also equipped him for it, so that all glory will be to Him.  Zachariah wrote that it is not by power, nor by might but by the Holy Spirit (Zechariah 4:6). Bezaleel was divinely energized for the work. He might seem to onlookers as an ordinary bloke next door, but he is energised by the Holy Spirit to do extraordinary work. So are you.

Not only was he equipped with extraordinary ability by the Holy Spirit, he was also given him an assistant- Aholiab (Exodus 31:6). Realise that when God gives you a work not only will he equip you with His Spirit but also with people to help you carry out his mandate.

When God called Moses, he gave him Aaron (Exodus 4:10-16). When God called Jesus, he gave him the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-16). God called Paul and Barnabas together (Acts 13:1-3), called Titus and Timothy and others alongside Paul at various times. God will give you trusted associates, to accomplish the vision He has put in your heart.

When God made man in the Garden of Eden, he asked him to tend and keep the garden. But he said that it is not good for man to be alone that he will give him a help meant for him (Genesis 2:18-25). But among all the animals in the Garden of Eden, no one was found to be a fitting help for Adam, therefore God made Eve. God called Adam to keep and tend the garden while God called Eve alongside him, to help him in that work. The woman is equipped to be a help to the man, to fulfill his destiny.

However, the primary helper that we have is the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-17, 26). Rather than worry about how we are not receiving help from men, we should focus on God.

But, more often than not God call people, to come alongside you in the work he has for you, or you are called to be alongside someone in the work God has want them to do.

 

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