Hearing God’s Call
Whether we’re waiting for a phone call offering us a new job, a letter granting us admission to a college or an invitation to a special event, we are eager to be chosen. Being chosen opens up new opportunities and responsibilities, while being passed over means continuing in the same routine and problems we’ve had.
The good news of the Christian faith is that the God of the Bible is a God who chooses and calls. God chose Abraham and called him out of Ur to follow him into an unknown land. Jesus chose Peter by the sea and called him to fish for people. Even better news is the fact that God doesn’t just call the great heroes of the faith; according to the apostle Paul, each and every one of us are called (see 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17).
Group Discussion. How has a “call” made a difference in your life?
Personal Reflection. What call of God do you sense on your life right now?
One of the most famous “call” stories of the Bible is the calling of Moses. Read Exodus 3:1–4:17.
Ask God to show you ways to use your gifts and abilities for the sake of his purposes for your life. Then pray that you’ll trust him to equip you in all ways to carry out his calling.
Now or Later
Character formation is central to God’s calling for all of us. Spend some time reflecting on the following areas of your life:
List five ways that your family background has shaped your character.
List five abilities or talents that allow you to contribute to the needs of others.
List five ways that you would like to contribute to the growth of your family, your church or your workplace.
In prayer, surrender your lists to God and invite him to shape your character according to his purposes.