Gifts/Talents, Inspirational, Self-Esteem, Submission/Surrendering

He’s Calling You

 “I, the Lord, have called you…” (Isaiah 42:6 NIV)

During a time long before I was conceived, Dorothy Love Coates wrote these words: “He’s calling me/ Every day of my life/ God’s calling me/ Yes…/ I can hear Jesus calling me.” When interviewed, Mrs. Coates said in summary, “I can’t walk away from this gift.  When I make up my mind that I’m going to do something different, the voice of God keeps calling me.”  I’ve heard this song many times as a child.  Yet, these words consume me now more than ever—HE’S CALLING ME! 

Throughout scripture, we see that God calls out to man.  He calls Moses from a burning bush (Exodus 3); He calls Samuel while sleeping in the Tabernacle (1 Samuel 3); He calls Jeremiah before he was created (Jeremiah 1); He calls Ezekiel in a vision (Ezekiel 1); He calls Isaiah from the Temple (Isaiah 6); and He calls Paul on a trip to Damascus (Acts 9)

As I examine their response to God, I consider how often I delay or ignore when God calls me.  In reflection, I imagine that God feels like I do when I’m constantly calling my daughter and she doesn’t answer: “I KNOW YOU HEAR ME CALLING YOU!” 

I search myself and understand that my reaction to God is often influenced by how I see myself.  As humans, we often question God’s call because we live with the reality of our own indiscretions and sense of unworthiness. The truth, however, is that our shortcomings don’t disqualify us from being sought by the Lord.  God seeks His people regardless of what arena of life they may be in.  When called, Moses was a murderer and fugitive; Samuel was a young man; Jeremiah was weak; Ezekiel was hard-headed; Isaiah had a filthy mouth; and Paul was on a mission to destroy the Christian faith. Yet, IN THE MIDST OF THEIR WEAKNESSES, GOD CALLED THEM.

Despite where we are in life, God continues to call each of us.  He calls us to salvation, that we may be sisters with Christ.  He also calls us to be witnesses and to refrain from sin.  “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation unto God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into the marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV)

Like Mrs. Coates, I have learned that the voice of God is inescapable!  Whether strong or subtle, God is calling us.  He created us to hear and answer His call.  If we are afraid, we can cling to His word which says, “…I called you.  I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.  So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.” (Isaiah 41:9-10)

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for calling me.  Although I am unworthy of being called by the Master of all creation, it is a blessing to be Your sheep, to know Your voice, and to hear Your call.  Now, help me to answer when You speak.  Help me not to be afraid, but to remember that You are with me and have equipped me to answer Your call. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to hear and answer the call of God.  God has created you for such a time as this, that you may be witnesses in the earth.  God has equipped each of you with spiritual gifts.  I EMPOWER you to use them for His glory.

Allow Dorothy Love Coates’ He’s Calling Me to minister to you:

Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” Psalms 41:11

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9 thoughts on “He’s Calling You”

  1. Sis. Latasha:
    Thank you for your empowering message to us today. It is so timely, and I am certain that in addition to myself, many ladies needed to be reminded of God’s call on their lives. Even though we might have attempted to run from it, we are coming to the realization that we cannot run from God. Until one answers the call of the Lord, He will allow you to go through the valleys. It is the enemy who desires that we live fear, but that is not of God. I just want to encourage my sisters to shake off whatever has been keeping them bound and answer the call of God. It is time to call for the praying and wailing women to take hold and be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

  2. Wee Lord! what an awesome word Tasha. Often times in life I get so caught up in the should of, could of, what if’s, and the WHY ME LORD! I sometimes forget to be quite and steal and just listen. Thank you for the reminder that God has called each and everyone of us in a special way (his way). It’s left up to us to seek and listen. Thank you Lord for the special people you seek out to deliver your word. And thank you for calling my name! God bless.

  3. *tryingnottolaughbecauseI’myourfriend* (inside joke).

    On a more serious note, I can appreciate the many reminders you listed, showing us how God doesn’t call those that are equipped, but He equips whom He calls. I’m empowered to know, when He calls my name, I need not be hesitant, but comforted to know that He that sends me, sustains me.

    Thanks!!!

  4. Marquetta you are exactly right. God calls each of us in His own way. Every calling isn’t one to preach or evangelize but we all have been designed with purpose and destiny. God is calling each of us to fulfill our destinies, which requires submitting ourselves to His will. @Kay you know this came to me after our talk last week. You can laugh. I know it’s funny 🙂

  5. Now you know I told you when I first read this that I had tears in my eyes. They were probably tears of joy and conviction! Tears of joy becuase He loves me just that much to choose to use me regardless of who I am or what Ive done. Tears of conviction because I know there are times when He has called me only for me not to answer. That comparison to us calling our children really hit home! Thats my favorite line: “I KNOW you hear me calling you!!” Thanks for this! 🙂

  6. Krissy you are exactly right. He loves us so much!!! I was also convicted, but I’m glad that God’s mercy and compassion are so great that He doesn’t stop calling me just because I don’t answer. The depth of God’s love is so amazing. Although I’m not perfect, it inspires me to work more diligently at pleasing Him.

  7. Latasha thank you for this word. I am empowered to answer the voice of God. I have answered before but He’s still calling to elevate me and I’m not answering so this was a word for me. I will not worry any longer about who people think I am, I am walking into my calling humbly and with integrity because Kay was right if God called you, He will equip you!

    1. Sheka that’s so wonderful to hear! You are right. Even if we have answered one call it doesn’t me that God is not still calling us to higher heights. We must consistently be in tune with His voice. I wish you the blessings as you continue to walk with God.

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