Are YOU “Called by God?” (YES!) How Will That Affect You?

How Should the “Calling of God” Affect Me?

© 2024 C. O. Bishop

1st Corinthians 7:17-24

1But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches. 18 Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

20 Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.

21 Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather. 22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant. 23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men. 24 Brethren, let every man, wherein he is called, therein abide with God.”


Obviously, in the eight verses, above, the Lord used the words “called” or “calling” eight times. Therefore, we should find out what the “Call” of God entails. For example, “Who is called? Also, “How do you know if you are “called?” “Furthermore, to what are you called?”

Romans 8:28-30 tells us that every born-again believer is “called” to God’s service.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”

It is quite a list:

  • Foreknown
  • Predestined to be conformed to Christ
  • Called (according to His purpose)
  • Justified
  • Glorified

But you can surely see that, if you are a child of God, you are “called”…whatever that means!

Here we can also see that there are no surprises for God.

  • All those who would believe, He knew from eternity past, and he chose them in Christ.
  • All who choose to trust Jesus as Savior WILL be conformed to His image.
  • Every believer is “Called” (whatever that entails.)
  • All believers are “justified” (meaning “declared righteous” by God.)
  • All believers are “glorified.” (Ephesians 2:6 says you are now seated with Him in Glory!)

Along with this idea, we want to review Jesus’s promise: John 6:37 says, “He that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out!” You are His forever!

Hebrews 3:1 tells us that every Christian, without exception, who has partaken of this holy calling (having placed his or her trust in the blood of Jesus for salvation,) has also been declared to be holy…You are God’s private possession. “Holy Brethren!”

We saw in 1st Corinthians 12:13 that those same people have been baptized into the Body of Christ by the direct action of the Holy Spirit (now indwelling each believer.)

And, 2nd Corinthians 5:20 says they have been declared to be ambassadors of Christ. YES! You are called! And that is the job to which you are called!

So, How Does That Calling Affect You?

Did it require that you drop everything you normally do and run off to seminary? No…in fact, the Apostle Paul had a superior education to most people of his time. But he declared it to have been a waste of time. It did not contribute to his role as an ambassador of Christ. Interestingly, some of the other apostles had a very poor education, even for their time. The Priests and Pharisees were astonished that they knew God’s Word at all.

God’s Power

But it did not limit their service: Peter and John were both commercial fishermen. Their formal education was quite limited. But God used Peter and John to heal the lame man in Acts 3:1-11. Their education (or lack thereof) had no bearing on the power of the Holy Spirit.

God’s Judgment

In Acts 5:1-11, Peter discerned that Ananias and Sapphira were “lying to God.” (How did he know? The context indicates that God showed him.) The wisdom of God and the severity of God’s judgment were delivered through an uneducated man! The Holy Spirit needs only a clean vessel through which to flow. The Gifts of the Spirit are His to give. He does not take them back.

Romans 11:29 says that the gifts AND the calling of God are “without repentance” (or, as some translations render it, “without revocation.”) God does not “take the gift away,” but He may “put the recipient on the shelf” as unusable. Balaam, in Numbers 22-24, was a genuine prophet of God, but he “sold out”, and God permanently set him aside… just as He did with Ananias and Sapphira. (Read Numbers 31:8 to see “the rest of the story.”)

Paul feared this potential consequence of sin in his own life. He said that he kept strict discipline in his own life, lest, “after having taught others” he possibly could become a “castaway,” (as it is rendered in the King James Version, or “shipwrecked,” as it appears in other translations.) A shipwrecked sailor is “out of service” for the time being. If he is soon rescued, he may go back to work. If he never gets off that reef or that island, his service has ended!

God does not discard His servants…but He may remove them from service, either temporarily or permanently. A dull tool may be sharpened. A broken tool may be repaired. A non-functional tool may simply be set aside for the time being, or, as in the cases of Ananias, Sapphira, and Balaam, it could be permanent.

What DOES the “Calling of God” Imply?

Walk Worthy!

In Ephesians 4:1-3 we see several things:

1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

For one thing, we see that we ARE called. We also see that we are to behave accordingly. “Walk worthy of the calling with which you are called!”

How Do We Do That? With…

  • Lowliness,
  • Meekness,
  • Longsuffering,
  • Forbearance, and
  • Love,
  • Endeavoring to keep the Unity of the Spirit in the Bond of Peace!

If you are a child of God by His Grace, through Faith in Jesus, then at a bare minimum you are called to “walk worthy of that calling!” Live like a child of the Holy God of the Bible because you are His child! You received Jesus as your Savior by faith. You walk with Him also by faith.

We are called to mutual accountability, and mutual submission, as we live to bless one another.


Yes, God recognized you from Eternity past! He knew what you would choose, but YOU had to make that choice. Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, but most choose to reject His Grace. The offer of Eternal Life was genuine and free to all. But most reject His offer.


Noticed that it does not say we were predestined to be saved: it says that, as saved individuals, we are predestined to be conformed to His Image. When God is finished working with you, He guarantees you will be “just like Jesus!” He already sees you only in Christ. But when He is done, that is how the whole universe will see you!

Called (According to His Purpose)

Yes, you are called! To what specific service? I can’t tell you! You will have to walk with Him to find out your assignment! It isn’t always what we expected! But it will be according to His purpose. Choose ahead of time to desire His purpose, rather than your own.


God has already declared you to be righteous, in Christ. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And this is where Peace was established, once for all, between God and us. Romans 5:10 says we started out as sinners, and as enemies of God. But now we have Peace with God, and He no longer looks upon us as sinners.


Colossians 1:12-14 says that God has made us fit (KJV says “meet”, meaning “fitted for”) to share in the inheritance of the Saints in light. He has already delivered us from the power of darkness, and He has already translated us into the kingdom of His Dear Son. Notice this is all past tense. This is not “goodies we will get if we are good:”  He has already glorified us, and we now stand before Him, clothed in the Full, matchless Righteousness of Christ. In Ephesians 2:6, He says he has already seated us in the Heavenly realms with Jesus!

Your Calling Does Not Necessarily Demand a Change in Occupation

Priscilla and Aquila were tentmakers. They continued to serve as tentmakers, but they hosted a church in their home, and they taught other believers to walk with God. (He wanted them right where they were!) One person they taught in their home turned out to be a powerful itinerant preacher, named Apollos. God had him moving from town to town, but he didn’t know the whole truth about Jesus. Aquila and Priscilla had learned from Paul, so they taught Apollos what they had been taught. They equipped him for the ministry God chose for him.

Unless what you are doing is already condemned by God, there is no mandate to “change jobs” due to your new position in Christ. But if He gives His blessing to move into a better ministry, and HE is the one engineering it, then take it. If you harangued and schemed your way into it, I would lack confidence that it was from Him.

When soldiers (the police of that area) asked John the Baptist what they should do, as believers, he simply told them to be satisfied with their wages and to not abuse their position or their authority. He did not tell them to resign their commission and all become street preachers.

Your Calling Does Not Require a Change in Social Status.

There were more slaves in Rome at that time than freemen, we are told…but they were not asked to “throw off their chains.” He told them if they had the opportunity to be free, to take it, but not to fret about their slavery in the meantime. He said that in receiving Jesus as their Savior, they truly had been set free. He went on to point out that those who always thought they were free had been confronted with the fact that before they met Jesus, they had been slaves to sin; And that now they belonged to Him. They were not their own masters!

The Gentiles were told to remain Gentiles. The Jews were told to go on living like Jews. All such differences, Paul reduced to meaningless details compared to our position and calling in Christ.

Your Calling is Secure! What Are You Doing About It?

Jesus said, “He that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out!” He also said, in John 10:27, 28, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.”

You cannot lose His Grace: but you can fail to enjoy it.

If you will consistently walk with Him, you will enjoy His Grace daily. If you fail to walk with Him, you may find yourself “on the beach…on the shelf,” so to speak…shipwrecked and miserable, lonely for the fellowship of Christ and the camaraderie of other disciples.

The Choice is Yours.

Walk worthy of your calling, or don’t. But God has told you the potential results of that choice.

Lord Jesus, help us to continually make Godly choices before You, seeking Your face in Your Word, and seeking Your fingerprints in our lives.

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