Divine Calling: Embracing God’s Equipping for Service

Published on Feb 22, 2024
Category: Behold!

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power

Matthew 10:1

Jesus called twelve men as His disciples. 

Choosing the ones who would be His disciples was an important decision and Jesus spent a whole night in prayer before He chose the twelve (Luke 6:12). What a powerful example of dependence on God. If Jesus, God’s own Son. needed to depend so much on His Father, how much more we need to be praying and seeking God in our every decision. Jesus called twelve unschooled men from diverse backgrounds and life experiences to be His disciples, who would bring the gospel to the entire world. The one thing they all had in common was that none of them came from backgrounds of privilege or high status.

Jesus’ criteria for those He called were unusual by worldly standards, to say the least. And yet, His choice reflects so very powerfully the truth of 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, which reminds us that God chooses people for His work not based on worldly standards of wisdom or ability, but rather chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. God continues to call people today to proclaim the gospel to the needy world. God does not call the ‘equipped’ but rather equips those He calls, enabling them to do great exploits for Him, weak as they may be. 

What is God calling you to do today that you have been putting away because you feel ill-equipped or overwhelmed? Would you submit to Him, trusting Him to equip you for all that He calls you to do? 

Prayer

Lord, forgive me for times I have not responded in obedience to things I know you are calling me to do. I submit to your will today. 

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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