God is calling you!

Rev. Fr. John Damian

Calling is one indispensable exercise we often take for granted. The world cannot do without calls. We make calls and we receive calls. Some calls are important while others are less important.

There are calls we cannot afford to ignore. Each time we miss an important call, we usually call back to get the actual message.

A call can come from above or from below. The question, then, is who is calling you? Have you ever received any call from God? If someone comes to you with the message, “God is calling you,” what will be your reaction? Are you ready to answer God’s call?

Most prophets in the Bible were called by God. Some of them received their calling directly from God, while others received theirs through fellow human beings.

The prophet Isaiah was among those that received their calling directly from God. In Isaiah 6:1-8, the prophet narrates how he received his call.

The Lord revealed himself to Isaiah as a Holy God: “Above him stood the seraphim; each had six wings. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Our God is not just holy, He is Holier than the holiest. He is the Most spotless Being the world has ever known.

Seeing the glory of God for the first time, Isaiah exclaimed, saying, “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” This was, indeed, a turning point in Isaiah’s life. He could not believe that God could appear to a sinner like him. He felt ashamed and humbled before God.

God did not discard Isaiah because of his sinfulness. Instead, He purified him, saying, “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Child of God, your sin will not stop God from calling you. God does not necessarily choose the strong. Rather, He chooses the weak to shame the strong.

St. Paul reminds us that none of us was perfect when God called him: “Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong…  so that no one might boast in the presence of God.” Our weakness and our vulnerability should make us humble before God.  

After his purification, Isaiah received his calling directly from God. “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” Isaiah did not hesitate to answer His calling. As soon as he heard God’s call he replied, “Here am I; send me!”

Child of God, do you know that God is calling you? Do you know that God brought you into this world for a purpose? You have a mission to accomplish here on earth. First, as a channel of God’s blessing, through you, your generation shall be blessed.

As a soul winner, through you, so many people will gain access into God’s kingdom.

As the light of the world, people will see your good work and give glory to your Father in heaven. And as you respond to God’s calling, the Lord will richly bless you and it shall be well with you in Jesus name – Amen!

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