God Calls, then Makes
In today’s culture, what we do, seems to define what we are. When at a gathering, the hands are extended, an exchange of names, then the ultimate question, “So, what do you do?” To me this is sad. I am not defined by ‘what’ I do, but ‘Who’s’ I am. I am a daughter of the Most High God. However, there are assignments attached to who we are in the Kingdom. Do we know the assignment, do we fight that assignment, that calling?
God calls, THEN He makes. Old Testament examples: Abe, Moses, Gideon, King David. Great men, all were called, all had an assignment. Yet, in that initial calling, in themselves and to some, seemed the smallest, the least of the others, and struggled with the call. Hey, look over here, quit staring at Jonah, give the guy a break, we’re NOT going to discuss him today!
Abe, God said very specifically “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, I will make your name great” (Gen. 12) Yet, he tried to ‘make’ things happen on his own. When God gave him a son, Abe finally seeing God true to His promise, climbed the mountain, willing to sacrifice back to His God. His family became the very children of God, the great nation.
Moses, questioning God’s choice, telling Him “I ain’t no ggggood speaker.” (DeDe’s summary, Ex. 3-4) Even in this doubt, God used him to deliver! Gideon, he tried to explain his way out of it, shook at being called ‘mighty warrior’. Through this process fitting into his name, he was used to defeat the Midianites. (Judges 6-8) Just as a knight is dubbed into the name and calling, we too are called, anointed.
Jesus says in Mark 1:17 ‘Come follow Me and I will make you ….’ Our challenge, what is God calling us to? What is He in the process of making us? Who are we to be for our Godly assignment? It is a process, the call, then the making. Yes, in this Mark passage, Jesus speaks directly to Simon and Andrew, but I believe there is something in His statement for us all.
King David, called, the process of making. From a young lad was called in from the pasture to stand among his brothers. He being ‘just’ the little brother, yet was anointed. On an errand for his dad, he meets Goliath, refusing to wear someone else’s armor, slays the giant, with the method designed ‘just’ for him. Jonathan, heir to the throne, with his blessing and encouragement offers his friend David, his sword, and robe. King Saul really makes things tough for David, though David doesn’t fight him, he is patient.
It was the process in fulfillment of the calling that we learn to love David, experience along with him, the struggles, the heartache, even the victories. He goes on to be one of the greatest kings ever recorded in history, known also for his passion for God.
Jesus says, “Come follow Me, and I will make you…” Our part? Allowing Him to make us, just like Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, and yes Simon and Andrew. The title is not important, it is who we are in our assignment, how we respond to the process.
Lets pray: “O Lord, may we take you at Your word, help us not to step out ahead of You and make things happen, we too climbing the mountain offering what You give back to you. Release us of our doubt, use us to help deliver others. Grant us the grace to wear the name You call us, like Gideon did. In our own process, help us to stand among others, not in pride, not even worthy of the calling, but because You called us, as You did David. May we too slay the giants, not trying to fit into another’s amour. Grace us with the ability to receive blessing and friendship from one another. Being all the while patient and not fight against adversity in an ungodly way. In the most powerful name of Jesus, we are YOURS, make us… Amen”
What is God calling us to? What is He in the process of making us, who are we to be for His godly assignment for HIS glory? Courage, faith, trust, obedience. God calls, then He Makes. Me? I am called to ‘spur’.
In Him, DeDe (‘Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.’ ~ Heb. 10:24)