Your calling was not assigned by man! Your calling was supernaturally and specifically assigned by God. Galatians 1:1 confirms, “This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ Himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead.”
Paul (f/k/a) Saul conversion was one of the greatest transformations of biblical history. In Paul’s former life, he persecuted Jesus followers. His sudden change confused those around him, because he was known as one who hated Christians, who went about seeking them out to eliminate those individuals he genuinely considered as breaking Jewish law. Suddenly he was transformed from despising the followers of Jesus into fervently espousing the Gospel of that same Jesus. No one could have anticipated this conversion; it is one of the great miracles of mankind.
The key point in today’s narrative is that no one else is supposed to understand your calling. It wasn’t broadcasted on a conference call, FaceTime call, or in a Zoom meeting!
For Saul, his encountered with Jesus was personal. On the road to Damascus a bright light and Jesus’ voice knocked him off his feet. Blinded from his encounter with Jesus, he allowed himself to be led into Damascus where he was baptized, after which he set out to spread the news of Jesus.
Undoubtedly, I believe this was one of the reason Paul penned these words in Romans 9:11-12, “God chooses people according to his own purposes; He calls people, but not according to their good or bad works.”
Friends, I know you’ve heard it said, “God doesn’t call equip, He equips the people He call.” But, if you are struggling with this concept and are feeling weak and inadequate or ill-equipped for your assignment from God, you are in good company. All through the ages, your brothers and sisters have struggled with the same feelings. But what great hope we have! He promises to equip us with everything we need for doing His will — everything we need within and without.
In closing, I invite you to be confident in believing; “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:6). Additionally, cleave to these words written in Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now may the God of peace, who… brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus… equip you with everything good for doing his will” (everything you need for accomplishing His will).
God is the One who works within us what is pleasing to Him (Phil 2:13)!!
You have been called by God!!!