Do you know that they are 5 Types of Calling In the Bible?
Everyone is called to serve in ministry. However, only a few are called to the ministry.
Every Christian, regardless of who they are or what they do, is called to serve others and make disciples. You could be a nurse, a business owner, a dog groomer, an athlete, or some crazy combination of the four, and God would still call you to serve those around you and share the gospel. That is the most basic definition of ministry.
But, if that is a call to ministry, what is a call to the ministry?
Someone who feels called to “the ministry” believes that God wants him or her to devote their life to full-time service in the local church or ministry. They frequently become pastors, missionaries, nonprofit directors, and parachurch leaders. While these people can still work other part-time jobs, they feel compelled to devote their daily lives to ministry and equipping others to do Kingdom work.
The Called Collective is for high school students who believe God is calling them to vocational ministry. That being said, one of the most common questions among high school students is, “How is someone called to the ministry?”
Jeremiah 29:11–13 (NLT) “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.”
5 Types of Calling In the Bible
1. The General Call
According to Romans 11:29, “God’s gifts and call are irrevocable.” God never reverses, repeals, or cancels His call. The entire purpose of an omnipotent call that commands what it commands is to ensure God’s invincible purpose in the lives of His people. You are justified if God has called you, and you will be glorified if you are justified. In John 10:27-29, Jesus said it this way:
“My sheep hear my voice, I recognize them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall take them from My hand.” My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one can take them from My Father’s grasp.” If you are not experiencing this today, consider how reliant you are on God’s call in your life.
2. The Call to Belong to Christ
The word call is most frequently used in the Bible to refer to belonging to Christ. This sense of calling is especially strong in Paul’s letters. “including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,” says Romans 1:6. In Romans, we are also reminded that “all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
As Christians, we must begin our exploration of calling with the call to follow Jesus. Everything revolves around the call to belong to Christ. We can finally make God look glorious in our lives when we belong to Jesus.
3. The call to Take Part in Christ’s Redemptive Work
When we are called to follow Jesus, we are also called to a restored relationship with God, other people, and our surroundings. It encompasses a person’s entire being and doing. It reminds us that the call to a specific type of work is secondary to the call to be a part of Christ’s redemption of the world.
Jesus Christ suffered and died for man’s sins. As Christians, our work must be an integral part of our participation in Christ Himself. His redemptive work is not limited to evangelism but includes everything required to restore the world to its original state.
4. The Global Call to Work
God created people to work and commanded them to work to the best of their abilities. Faith and the call to work have a history as old as work itself. Moses commands fair treatment of workers in the Bible, Jesus exemplifies good and faithful work, and Paul requires people to work in order to be a part of the community.
“You shall labor and do all your work for six days,” the Bible says (Exodus 20:9). Revelation 21:24-26 also speaks to this call, saying, “The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.” Its gates will never be closed during the day, and there will be no night. People will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.”
5. The Call to Life
God has called us to new life and new hope. He desires that each of His children live and die with complete assurance of hope. We should recognize God’s sovereignty and be delighted to be used in whatever way He sees fit for His greatest glory.
God’s call is powerful; it produces what it commands. This is what distinguishes God’s call from a phone call inviting us to dinner. The power to do what God demands comes with God’s call to life. God’s call to life includes eternal life, light, freedom, and glory.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them,” says Paul in Romans 8:28-30. Because God foreknew his people, he chose them to be like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
And having chosen them, he summoned them to him. And by calling them, he gave them equal standing with himself. He then gave them his glory after restoring their standing.
Every Christian is called to be a part of Christ’s redemptive work in the world. When it comes to calling, what matters most is obedience to God, the one who calls us, rather than one’s job title or place of employment. Are you prepared to answer God’s call?
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