How would you feel if the Lord called you to do something? To me, it is a mark of honor to be able to serve the One Who saved my life. Receiving the call of God at an early age required a degree of sacrifice that not most people are willing to commit. But the sacrifice cannot compare to the rich joys that await those who have persevered.
I preface this article with that question because too often, many of us in the Body of Christ rejoice in knowing that God has called us to complete something for Him. Yet, we languish in the process of fulfilling such a call, to the point that we neglect it. This message resonated well with me last week. As many know, I own and operate LiyahAmore Publishing, and this year has been one of immense growth and expansion; and over the last few weeks, a number of Believers have asked to join the blog to showcase their works for others. After receiving and accepting “the call,” many of them backed out because they could not commit to the requirements that I established. Yet, each of them said that they believed this was a God-inspired moment for them. Once they realized what was expected, however, they sent this reply to me: “After much prayer and reflection, I have decided to not participate.” It was no bother to me, especially because I am looking for committed writers; but it raised a significant question for me: How can you say that God inspired you to accept “this call,” yet “after much prayer” to the Father, you have decided to decline?
Almost immediately, the Holy Spirit spoke and said: “This is what many in the Body of Christ do, and why I cannot use many of them.” Sobering. What did the Lord mean by this? He instantly brought to my attention the parable of the two sons. Here is the full account (Matthew 21:28-31):
“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’
“‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.
“Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.
“Which of the two did what his father wanted?”
“The first,” they answered.
We in the Church do a lot of talking! We profess to love the Lord, but refuse to obey His commandments. We say we love the Lord with our lips, but our hearts are far from Him. What’s worse is that we do not consider the consequences of our actions. God the Father readily issues instructions to His children, and there are many who answer the call with a “Yes.” But their actions suggest otherwise. Consider what the Lord said through His prophet: “Be ye holy; for I am Jehovah your God” (Leviticus 20:7). “Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am God who makes you holy” (verse 8). Yet, we do things just like the world. We partake in the same sins as the world, yet profess to love Christ. We are, in fact, worse than the world, and will receive the same judgement as the world. For the Lord will declare to them, “I never knew you. Depart from me.”
While this message in no way expresses what will happen to the writers that decided to back out on their commitment, that story helps explains exactly what the Holy Spirit wants to convey to His people. Either we obey Him or we don’t. And if we say that we will do His will, then we must do it! Will it require sacrifice? Yes. Will it be laborious? Yes. Will it demand our all? Yes. But we cannot expect to receive the rewards if we are not willing to pay the price that comes with the call.
Surely, the statement is true: “Many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
Have you received the call of God, and are you among those who have been chosen? If so, it is time to do the will of God.
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