1 Samuel 3:1-21
When you hear the phrase "call of God," what comes to mind? Many people assume it refers only to God's call upon the lives of professional ministers. This could not be further from truth. The Lord issues no fewer than four specific calls to every single believer.
First, we are given the call to salvation. This is how God establishes a personal relationship with us. Today's passage shows the poignant way in which God introduced Himself to young Samuel. He also reveals Himself to each of us in the wonders of nature all around us (Rom. 1:20).
Second, all believers experience the call to sanctification (Lev. 11:44). This is the Father summoning His children to experience godly living. Sanctification can be defined as being set apart-or made holy-for the purposes of God.
Third, every Christian receives the call to service. Scripture clearly reminds us that all believers-not just pastors and full-time missionaries-are called to serve the body of Christ and to spread the good news of salvation; each of us was "created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand for us to do" (Eph. 2:10). This means we all have specific and important tasks to accomplish.
Fourth, we all have the call to account- ability. The Bible teaches that each of us will one day stand before our Lord and give an account of our life. This is not something to fear if we are presently seeking to walk in His ways. Rather, it will be a time of great reward and rejoicing.
Make no mistake-our loving Father still speaks to His people. As you read His Word today, ask Him to make His call in your life clear.