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The lesson this week invites us to think about what it means to be called by God using the examples of Ezra and Nehemiah. It is abundantly clear from the Scriptures, that God does call people. The examples are many—Moses, Aaron, Samuel, Elijah, Amos, other prophets, the disciples of Jesus, to name a few examples. This calling from God has played out throughout history. It goes on still today. Here is a chance for us to think about is carefully and expansively.
It is often the case when we hear or think of God calling people that we think of it in rather singular terms. In other words, we most commonly don’t explore what this calling means or how it works. We leave the calling in a sort of nebulous or mysterious zone and don’t explore what it means to be called by God.
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Close thought on the callings of God will reveal that God calls in at least four ways. The first call is a call to salvation. This call goes out under the auspices of the Holy Spirit and it goes to every human who ever lived. This call might be compared to radio waves that are beamed out from a transmitter. The signals are all about, but are only picked up by someone who turns on their radio. So, this call beams out under the bidding of God and it goes to every human. And the fact of this call has several significant implications. The first is that the Holy Spirit is the primary agent of salvation. Those who work in the gospel cause are never in first place when it comes to spreading the gospel for there is no one they can ever speak to who has not already been “spoken to” by the Spirit. A second implication...
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