The Call of God

The call of God has real impact on ministry. This is the reason why anyone going into ministry must have the call of God. Without this call the work of the ministry can end up just being ordinary work. The work of God is supernatural work because God is a supernatural God.

In Hebrews chapter five verses one and two the Bible tells us that a high priest in the order of Aaron was ordained in regard to the things of God. This is not something that he decided to take up by himself; it was a call of God to service. Jesus Christ on the other hand is a high priest in the order of Melchisedec and has now entered the real heaven to intercede for us and he had to be called. In Hebrews 5:9 the Bible in reference to Jesus says, “Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec” (KJV). Jesus was called of God therefore those who serve in ministry must be called of God. If you have to be a coworker with God then you have to acknowledge and respond to his call.  The call of God will cause you to have strong feelings to help those who do not know the truth. It will help you to have strong feelings for those who are lost or are out of the way. It will also help you to have the ability to relate to human failings so as to assist in connecting with other people at a human level.

In other words, someone with the call of God is nonjudgmental. He intercedes for other people as though they were as close to him as his own relatives. He relates to strangers or other people in a new way. In Mark 3:32 and 34 the Bible says, “And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren” (KJV). Jesus Christ related to the people around him in a new way. The people around him became his mother, brother and sister.

The call also draws in some new conflicts. Just because one is called by God does not mean he will not have battles in life. The prophets of old endured similar situations just like the apostles did. God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah chapter one and verse nineteen that his enemies were going to fight against him, but not  prevail against him. In all such conflicts, what strengthens a man or woman of God is the presence of God. God said that he would be with Jeremiah and would deliver him. The apostles in the book of Acts experienced difficulties and God delivered them. God delivers those he sends and no enemy can prevail against them.

When you are called of God, he will deal with people with bad intentions because battles are really his battles. In the book of Acts chapter five starting from verse thirty five, we are told that the leaders of Israel advised themselves not to trouble the apostles.  These leaders knew very well that troubling anyone called of God is really a fight against God himself. In one of the meetings the leaders talked about a man by the name of Theudas who boasted himself to be somebody and had about four hundred people who followed him. They noted that when this man died his followers were scattered and the group was brought to nothing. This man Theudas had no call and was doing what he did because he just wanted to, but Jesus was sent by God the Father. Jesus was crucified, died and arose from the dead. He was Called of God and death could not prevail against him. After his resurrection in John 20:21 he says, “…Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (KJV). Now, the disciples did not just decide to take up the work as ministers, they had to be sent. Jesus was sent by God the Father and the disciples were sent by Jesus Christ.  This is what helped them to prevail.

Hear what one of the leaders in Israel said after Christ ascended to the father.  This is recorded in Acts 5: 38-39 and it says, “And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God (KJV). No one wants to be found fighting against God therefore the leaders in Israel stopped troubling the disciples.  Surely, no one can fight and prevail against God.