God’s call on your life may make no sense whatsoever. It may seriously look crazy to everyone around you and yet, you know for certain you are hearing God’s voice. The Bible is full of examples of people who had no training, no ability and no reason to do what God was calling them to do and yet, through their obedience, God was glorified. God’s calling doesn’t have to make sense, it just has to be obeyed. Let’s take a look at Noah.
Hebrews 11:7 tells us that because of his faith, God saved Noah and his entire family, plus all of creation, from extinction. God’s call on Noah’s life wasn’t something easy like, say, hiding out in a cave or moving to another town. When God spoke to Noah, he told him that He was going to destroy the earth and the only way Noah and his family would escape was by building a huge, over-the-top lifeboat called the ark. I don’t know about you, but that would have been a little bit hard to believe if I were Noah.
Noah heard and obeyed the call of God because he was in relationship with God and lived by faith. Genesis chapter 6 tells us that Noah had found favor with God, was blameless and that he walked with God. His close relational proximity to God allowed him to hear God’s unique call on his life and allowed all of us to be here now. Noah is an amazing example of how your call impacts future generations. Your children’s children and their children need you to follow the call on your life. No excuses, just obedience.
Noah is also one of several examples of God using people completely unlikely for amazing work. Noah was 600 years old when the flood started. 600 years old!!! I feel too old for most of what God asks of me and I’m no where near that age. God doesn’t care about what you think your physical limitations are, he cares about the willingness of your heart. Most of the people we call “heros of the faith” from both the Old and New Testaments are heros because of their obedience. God is able, don’t ever doubt that He will equip you for what He has called you.
Your call is yours, its personal to you and has meaning based on your story and relationship with God. Thousands of people are called “pastor”, but each one fulfills that call in a different way that is exclusive to them. The body of Christ, operates best when we are all doing what we were created to do. Paul does a great job in Ephesians 4:11-13, of explaining why God calls us to different roles. In this passage, Paul tells us that our different roles build up the body of Christ so that we all operate in the fullness of Christ. When we operate in this fullness, we bring about the increase of the His kingdom. How awesome is it to know that there are no “small calls” in the kingdom of God! Each role, each part, is important to making the whole thing work. You are needed and important.
The call of Christ is sometimes scary because it often demands some type risk which requires increased faith. Living by faith means that you are going to have those closest to you be confused by what you’re doing, but stand firm in your faith and what you hear God calling you to. If Noah hadn’t listened and obeyed, the earth and all of its inhabitants would have perished. Instead, he built the ark, loaded it up and because of Noah’s faith, we are here today. Your call matters.