Called of God

The Greek word for calling is kaleo which means “to call out loud or to invite.”

And he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” But he had nothing to say. ~ Matthew 22:12

READING: Matthew 22:1-14

Every Christian is at once called to salvation and to ministry. Christians minister because we are called of God. Sometimes a more specific calling is recognized to be on a person and that person is called out by his community to help equip other Christians to do better ministry. It is the responsibility of the church community to discern whether that calling should also include a transition from secular employment to paid full time ministry.

The Greek word for calling is kaleo which means “to call out loud or to invite.” By definition, others must issue an invitation or a call. I cannot invite myself to someone else’s wedding party. That is the prerogative of the host. God does the calling. A church community does the confirming.

Consider your own calling. Who’s calling you? What are they calling you to do? The notion of calling gets tricky with church planting because the church community is yet to form and therefore yet to call. But, if we are indeed called, we answer to someone in some way. To whom are you accountable? As the apostle Paul says, no one can preach unless they are sent. Who is sending you?

Many church planters are rogue, isolated and unaccountable. They have invited themselves to a party without receiving any invitation. Jesus once told a sobering parable about a guest who was not invited and not properly dressed. He was promptly removed from the party lest the guest of honor, his son, be dishonored.

Are you called of God? Has your calling been confirmed by a community? Are you accountable?

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Thank you, Father, for calling me and for using others to confirm it. Help me to walk worthy of my high calling with integrity and proper submission. Amen.

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  • Christopher Ware

    Great message I needed that! I’m working on a plant and I tell folks now “I don’t have no Money, no People and no Place but I have God!” Now one could take this to mean because I have God I can shove my powerful self in anywhere and any situation I want; but for me it means God has called me and called me to do something new and as such as I walk with God on this Journey in Faith He will provide in all areas and when God does it there will be not doubt that the people gather will not only confirm they will affirm and support because they will not be gathered by my ability but by God’s call (Kaleo) to them to be a part of what He is doing!
    God Bless
    One Salvation
    “Come Be ONE With Us!”

  • Wayne Graham

    No money. Try living on $304 Disability and no S.S. Having problems just buying a few things like editing software. But the holistic http://www.StopCancer.com web site is still up and running.
    Running a daily hour show on channel 3 covering scriptures. It might reach up to 5,000 people.
    So now God has inspired me to reach everyone that is willing. It doesn’t take a lot of money to pull this one off. But the people of God have to . . . email everyone about these Bible Studies. I am sure there is over a hundred hour studies. Trying to add a few more studies daily.
    See, this is not about . . . me and being too poor to get anything done. This is about spreading my Lord Jesus Christ gospel. Hoping to save others for Him.
    E-mail all your contacts about the 24/7 Bible Study and follow up those emails seeing if they have watch one sermon. If they have emailed their friends.
    There is no money in it for me. I can pan handling on the streets and make $20 a day minus bus expenses. If you work Costco people are giving you food and water. But sleeping in a freezing field and taking a shower out of a 1 liter bottle is getting harder at 68 years old.

    watch a great Bible Study 24/7.
    http://www.Living-Water.info

  • Elevate_YA_Min

    Received many prophetic words and words of knowledge that my wife and I would senior pastor a church. That was 9 yeas ago… And the call (audible) (community) call still hasn’t come. Sort of getting discouraged but at the same time Thy Will Be Done, Lord.
    I could start planting tomorrow but it would be my lame efforts and not under His light yoke.

  • Steven Nagle

    Interesting article. Would pose the question about others confirming the call – specifically – what if the sending church, so to speak, is not educated enough in the things of God to make such a decision, or the church is making decisions out of being desperate to grow or bring in people under the age of 40 to ensure the church is still round in 10 years time?

    Also, how does one ensure that they can be confident in the recognition process – for instance, a committee of 15 people (as within the UK Baptist process) who will only see you 3-4 times in 7 years, whom the candidate doesn’t know, and who have admitted in the first meeting with the candidate that they have been wrong about the call of others?