Genesis 18:19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the Lord, to do righteousness and justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”
A Specific Destiny
Abraham had a call. He had a way of righteousness and justice that was imbedded in all he did. It commanded itself into the lives of others. It commands itself into our lives. Without Abraham there would be no Isaac or Jacob or Israel or a tribe of Judah or Jesus born of man. He was selected to birth nations.
Abraham had specific promises. These promises were delivered as he lived his call. They were brought to him by God as he lived his call. In the path of obedience, he found all he needed and abundance for others.
A Christian Disciple
Live your call. There is a general call to obedience in Christ that applies to all of us. Prayer, meditation, witnessing, giving, service, thankfulness, gathering, and loving others are part of your call if you live in Christ. To not do them limits God’s ability to deliver His general promises. He places them in the path of living the call of a disciple of Christ.
I can make a good living and have many benefits as a salesperson. Give me the right product and right list with the right affinity and right relevance and right distinctive proposition and I can sell it for you. But, that is not my call. Sometimes, I help clients with marketing and sales. It is not my call, though it is a talent.
Mistaken identity can cause us to live full of financial and relational prosperity and think we are following a call. The evidence of a call is the delivery of promises related to that call. The evidence of a talent is the delivery of results of principles related to it. Present a well priced product with value to the right person at the right time and you have a sell. Be friendly and you will have friends.
Discerning the Difference
Live the call. It’s fine to live the talent as long as it does not rob the call. Most folks stumble through life with no thought of call whatsoever. As long as progress is being made we can ignore God’s voice forever. Humans are like that.
What is your call? Has the still voice of God talked to you in the night about influencing legislation or pastoring or starting a business or being a great administrator? Has He intimated promises along the path? The promises might not include the world’s success formula. They might include martyrdom or families being restored or they might include great wealth. They might. Have you listened? Have you stepped back from the rush and press of performance long enough to really listen and examine? It might seem too big. Usually His call exceeds our capability. It should look to big.
Live the call. God is speaking. You don’t need to doubt that. He is speaking your call. Maybe you have heard it. Maybe you have never listened. Maybe you’ve been too busy trying to live up to someone else’s call or your personal desires and need to sort through motivations and voices. Maybe it just seems to big to get started. No one hears your call for you. It is between you and God.
Prayer: Father, here is a friend. This one has a call. I call it out. I stir it up. Cause Your Holy Spirit to stir deep and make clear. That call, that voice, that destiny can awaken and change our world. As they obey and follow, Father, bring quickly those things you have spoken to them that they would have confidence and continue.