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What is calling? What are the differences and the relationship between
– the gifts of the Holy Spirit,
– the ministries,
– and calling?
The differences and relationship between them can be seen in
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural human abilities which God gives to born-again believers who obey Him as He wills. It is up to God which gift, through whom and when He wants to operate. The gifts are not given for our glory and entertainment, but for the purpose of building the Church.
The ministry is a specific field (area) where everybody works using his or her gifts. If we consider the gifts and ministries enumerated in the appendix furthermore remember the lives of the servants of God in the Bible, it is noticeable to see that certain gifts are most frequent to operate in certain ministries.
Calling is the object of life for a believer to live for; for the realization of which God has called him or her personally. A few verses related to calling:
„As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” (Act. 13.2.)
„Moreover, whom he did predestine, them he also called: and whom he called them he also justified: and whom he justified them he also glorified.” (Rom. 8.30.)
„But as God had distributed to every man, as the Lord had called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.” (1 Co. 7.17.)
„I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are called, “ (Eph. 4.1.)
The following faith heroes accomplished mighty tasks in their lives, but every one of them had a specific personal task which had to be accomplished only by him or her. We know that many of them managed to do it without fail, however, there were some that could only partly realize it. We are going to look at some examples, the kind of calling the following persons had:
Calling of Jesus
He was the Redeemer, who died for our sins to give us eternal life. No one else on earth has ever had this calling.
„For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mar. 10.45.)
Jesus is the embodied Word, the Son of God, who gave us a model how to follow the Father’s will.
„For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” (Joh. 13.15.)
Calling of Mary
To give birth to the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, and to bring Him up decently.
„And beholds, you shall conceive in thy womb, and brings forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:” (Luk. 1.31-32.)
Calling of Abraham
To be the father of God’s called people.
„Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get you out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show you: And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make thy name great; and you shall be a blessing:” (Gen. 12.1-2.)
Calling of Joseph
To save the Jews at the time of the big famine in Egypt.
„…nor angry at your-selves that you sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life.” (Gen. 45.5.)
Calling of Moses
To lead the Jews out of the Egyptian captivity.
„Come now therefore and I will send you onto the Pharaoh, that you may be bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” (Exo. 3.10.)
Calling of Apostle Paul
To preach the Gospel to the gentiles, kings and the children of Israel.
„And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told you what thou must do.” (Act. 9.6.)
„But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:” (Act. 9.15.)
We could add several additional examples how God called His servants. With the help of the examples above we can draw the following conclusions:
– Each servant got a very well specified task to accomplish in life.
– They mostly received their callings already at the beginning of their faith lives, which they kept in mind to know what to accomplish. Therefore they didn’t lose sight of the target (vision) and were able to fight for it.
– This way they had enough time to prepare for their callings.
– The realization of the personal tasks they had been called for demanded a relatively short period of their lives or their ministries.
– In most cases the time for the servants to enter their real callings comes only after a long time of preparation filled with trials.
Let us have a look at a few examples from the Bible:
Jesus started His ministry when He was about 30 and it took no more than 3 years.
Joseph fulfilled his calling that had been shown to him at a very early age after many trials and many years in prison.
Moses stepped into his vocation having spent 40 years of preparation in the desert, at the age of 80. His ministry lasted about 40 years.
God revealed apostle Paul his vocation through Ananias, right after his salvation in Damascus. However, he lived a retired life for more than 10 years in Tarsus until Barnabas went to call him to Antioch. From there he was sent out by the Holy Spirit together with Barnabas to accomplish what God had called him for.
So we can see well how important it is to know exactly what we are called for. The Holy Spirit reveals it to each one of us in different ways. We should be patient and take the different trials with joy knowing that they are to prepare us for our vocation.
We should be careful to step into our vocation at the right time:
– Moses’s urging intent to fulfill his calling ended up in the flesh and murdered an Egyptian, therefore he had to escape.
– Apostle Paul – right after his radical conversion, having in mind his calling – immediately got down to work in Damascus, but this phase of his life did not belong to the ministry he had been called for.
– Jesus told his mother Mary at Khana’s wedding party when he changed the water into wine, that His mission had not started yet.
We should have persistence to complete God’s plan in our lives according to our calling.
– However, there were some who fell out of their vocation at the end of their lives; having not completed their calling (for example: Moses, Gedeon and Samson).
– And there were some whose missions were totally successful (Jesus – He said: „It has been completed”; Mary; Abraham; apostle Paul)
„According as his divine power had given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that had called us to glory and virtue:” (2Pe. 1.3.)
„Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “ (2Pe. 1.10-11.)
How many believers know the vocation they are called for? It is an essential issue, the object of our lives for which God has called us.
How can we carry out the work the Lord has entrusted us if we do not know what it is? If somebody is not sure about the calling he or she has, should ask God to reveal it, and He will.
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