We all have a calling from the Lord - James C. Bell

The first man, Adam, had a calling from the Lord; he was to have fellowship with Him.

His job was to work the Garden of Eden that God had made just for Him. Noah had a calling from the Lord; He was to build an ark to save God's remnant of His people. God was faithful to Noah as He always is and carried him safely through the flood.

Abraham had a calling from the Lord; he was to gather all his family and possessions and go to a land that God would show him. Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness for him. God told him he would be the father of a great nation, even though he had no son, and it came to pass.

This promise continued in the life of Jacob and he became Israel, the father of twelve son's whose children became the twelve tribes of the Israelites, a great and strong people.

Moses had a calling from God; he was commanded to go to Egypt and tell the Pharaoh to "Let my people go!" Then he had the almost impossible task of leading these people through the wilderness to the Promised Land.

God was faithful and led Moses and the people of God through the desert and even opened the Red Sea, so His people could walk through the Sea on dry land. There are many examples in God's Word where the Lord called men and women to do His work, and every time He was faithful and empowered His chosen ones to complete their assignments and be successful.

Then God chose His own Son to do a great work for Him; Jesus was to come to earth and save His people from their sins. God laid out His great plan of salvation for all mankind and showed His beloved Son the job He had to complete, the great sacrifice He had to give. Jesus was to have a miracle birth, a sinless life, to die on the cross, to rise from the dead and to ascend up to Heaven.

Jesus pursued His task relentlessly and with perfection; on the cross, He said," It is finished!" God said of Him, "This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased." Then God said to us the great truth of John 3:16; "Whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life."

I believe Christians today have a calling from God also; first, they are called to be saved, to believe and trust in God and put their faith in Jesus Christ. I cannot understand why all people who are exposed to the truth of God and called to be Christians are not saved, why they do not accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

God has made His plan of salvation so simple that all can understand it and accept it, but some hesitate and turn down the greatest opportunity of their life! Some tell me when I ask them to pray the sinner's prayer with me-they say, "I'm good!" What they really mean is, no, I don't need a savior; I can take care of myself.

They think anything they might be exposed to they can handle. I wonder how they will handle the great white throne judgment when Jesus will say to them, "Depart from me, for I never knew you!"

Then they will not be so good and able to handle any thing that happens, and they will not get a chance to change then, for it will be too late. For God's people, the first blessing is being saved, then God has many wonderful and exciting things for us to do for Him, and the blessings just keep coming as we yield our lives to Him and study His Word.

He has a God-sized job for us to do if we allow Him to lead our lives and teach us to do His will. We must learn to depend on Him and ask Him to stretch our minds and abilities to become more and more like Jesus until we are of the same mind, until we have the mind of Christ! We all have a calling from God. I hope and pray you have found yours. May God bless you!