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You See Your Calling - But Why You?

Your calling is greater than you may have previously imagined. It just didn’t happen; it was no accident. You were called by none other than God the Father, the greatest power in all the universe.

The chances are if you are reading our articles, you have been called and are now a part of, or at least affiliated with, the greatest Work on earth. But do you realize what this calling entails? It involves a far greater responsibility than any other you may have on the job, at home, or in your personal life.

A future position in the Kingdom of God far surpasses any earthly job. It is an assigned responsibility in the greatest organization or government in the universe, not just the world.

A position in the Kingdom of God is intrinsically greater than any office held by a ruler, president or government official on earth. After all, the specific job we speak of is that of being God!

Jesus said: “Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist; notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is great than he” (Matt. 11:11).

You are called to be among the firstfruits with Christ (James 1:18)- called to aid in setting up the government of God here on earth (see Rev. 2:26-27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4, 6).

Amazingly, determining your qualifications and making a final decision relative to placing you in the Work of God is based on some of the same time-tested principles as used by giant industrial corporations.

In industry many applicants are evaluated before a choice or decision is made to fill a job or position. In the business world, many are called, but few are chosen.

Let’s take a look at the factors that caused you to be selected for a position in the Work of God now and in the future. The population of this world is over 7.6 billion people, but only a very small number of baptized members have been called so far in this age.

Who made the decision to call you and not someone else? And what standards were used?

Surprisingly, the greatest of all job opportunities a position in the Kingdom of God cannot be applied for unless a prior invitation is received. In John 6:44 Christ stated: “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” And in Matthew 22:1-14 Christ describes the call to the Kingdom of God by using the allegory of an invitation to a wedding. The wedding quest must first be invited before he may attend.

When we were called, we ourselves did not choose God we were blind to this high calling (see II Cor. 4:3-4). God instead chose us. “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you” said Jesus to His disciples His disciples then and now (John 15:16). Of course, the Father had originally given these men to Christ (John 17:2-3, 6-7, 9, 11-12).

When you consider that God has advertised this spectacular job opportunity and calling for nearly 6000 years, it is remarkable that most people are not even cognizant of its existence.

One advertisement on the positions available runs 1462 pages long and contains nearly one-half million words. Think of that! That advertisement is called the Holy Bible. It is displayed in almost every home in the Western world. And yet few are the takers, as the parable in Matthew 22 clearly shows.

During this present century, God is spending many millions of dollars a year advertising this mammoth office of responsibilities over television, through printed material and the internet and by word of mouth.

Yet, so far, only several thousand baptized members, plus co-workers and supporters, have answered the ad for the job. Just like in the world’s corporations, it seems, many are called and interviewed, but few are chosen.

Finding the right man or woman for the job is so important to industrial corporations that the final decision on whom to hire is often reserved for the president even in large companies. This is especially true for the higher-paying, upper-level positions.

It is a responsibility that the president will often not even delegate to the personnel department, which assists in gathering the information concerning the qualifications of a prospective employee. The president himself makes the final decision.

God says in Psalm 82:1, 5-6 that He, as President and Ruler over the entire universe, looks over the crop of potential gods as they walk the earth, they themselves not even knowing they are being observed.

It is a mammoth task requiring enormous effort to go through the qualifications of over 7.6 billion potential candidates. It’s such an important responsibility that the President, the highest Being in all the universe, reserves the right to made all decisions!

In John 6:44, God the Father makes it clear that He and He alone does the calling. He will not delegate that responsibility it’s that important! The Father will and has delegated other duties, such as judgment (John 5:22). But He has not delegated the responsibility of calling the members of His Church.

John 5:17 reveals that both the Father and the Son work hard at their respective jobs. God the Father has labored tirelessly for nearly 6,000 years carefully going over billions upon billions of unknown candidates.

Early in the history of the world (after the flood), God the Father reviewed all available personnel and finally called Abraham for a most important job.

The reason? The Father determined, that exhaustive examination, that Abraham had the right qualities and potential for this vital position.

Now note a few of Abraham’s qualifications. Genesis 13:8-10 the ability to resist temptation and the pulls of the flesh extant in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Genesis 15:4-6 faithfulness; Genesis 14:20 a man who paid his tithes faithfully; Genesis 18:5 the quality of hospitality; Genesis 14:14 courage; Genesis 18:23-32 compassion and humility; Genesis 18:19 an ability to lead his children to God; Genesis 22:1-3 obedience.

In the 15th century B.C. God again carefully considered all men alive and selected one person from the sea of human applicants the man Moses.

Moses, when he was called, didn’t think he was adequately qualified. In Exodus 3:11 and 4:10-13, he said, in effect: “Not me, God I can’t do the job.”

But God the Father has the ability to look inside of a man right into what makes him tick (I Sam. 16:7). The Father is able to determine if a person He calls fits the job description.

God noted Moses’ qualifications and recorded them for us today. They are succinctly summarized in Hebrews 11:23-29.

Jeremiah was called; the Father knew him while he was yet in the womb (Jere. 1:4-8). John the Baptist he too was called while still in his mother’s womb.

God the Father has personally called all people who will be in the first resurrection including Daniel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Rahab, Mark, Luke, Peter, John and you!

Jesus is now preparing a place for you, a future job or office of responsibility in the Kingdom of God (John 14:1-2). And since the time the Father caused you to come to Christ, Jesus has been looking over your qualifications noting how loyal, dedicated and obedient you are to His family (Christ and the Father). His Work and His Church (I Peter 4:17).

You were very carefully, selected! But do you know why? Like Abraham, Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Jacob and David, you have the qualifications to succeed or God simply would not have opened your mind!

Oh, you can fail all right; but if you do, it’s your responsibility, not God’s. If you become irrevocably bitter, egotistical, self-exalted, or self-righteous, you can destroy yourself, your God-being potential, and deny your great calling into the Kingdom of God.

If you are not a baptized member of God’s True Church, but understand what you have just read, God could be calling you. Will you respond?

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