How Does God Call People?

Do all people receive God’s call in the same way? Is one way more authentic than another? The ways God calls people has varied throughout history and is unique from person to person.

Oswald Chambers said in his book, My Utmost for His Highest, “The realization of the call in a person’s life may come like a clap of thunder or it may dawn gradually.” God calls people on an individual basis. It is important for you to understand that no two callings are alike.

How do you recognize God’s call in your life?

  1. Some people experience a dramatic manifestation in their calling (Acts 9).
  2. Some people are called at a very young age (Jeremiah 1:5).
  3. Some people experience the call of God through a growing conviction.
  4. Some people experience a commissionary call (Acts 11).
  5. Some people are called through a divine intersection.

If God is calling you, it is important to be secure in your call. Nothing can or should replace the inner, inaudible voice of God calling you to ministry. Trust that He has strategically aligned you with the perfect calling to complement your unique situation.

In our next podcast, we will talk about some common misconceptions about the call of God. Until then, be open, attentive, and willing to explore God’s call in your life.

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12 Responses to “How Does God Call People?”

  1. leanna says:

    I feel like i may be called into the ministry, but i’m not for sure. Im wondering if i’m really being called. How can I tell? If I am not being called into the ministry, however I still do ministry work, am I sinnning? just a few questions i have.

    • mike says:

      Good to hear from you. Have you listened to the Podcasts? They are designed to help you answer the very questions you are asking. Jesus commissioned every believer to go and make disciples, so even if you are not called to ministry, you still are called to minister – therefore you could not be sinning by doing that. Please check out the Podcasts – and as you listen to them – be in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal His will for your life. Also – check out the ServingSweetSpot Link on the Equipment Room link – it has a Spiritual Gifts Test that you can take for free – it may help you zero in on what God has designed you to be and do. Hope this helps – and thanks for the feedback.

      The Explore the Call Team

  2. Saundra says:

    I feel that I have a calling to heal the sick and I am not sure still, in 1995 I tried to operate the gifts, God was dealing with me in ways that scared me until I found out that God Himself was dealing with me, there was this anointing that was on me that made people fall out but people was telling me that anybody can have that anointing so I stepped down from the calling. I don’t know really what I was feeling; I stepped down and said to the people that I wasn’t ready for this, at the time I didn’t really know the Word, I was just a babe in Christ. I had a dream that I was in front of the people and I was standing in front of the church holding my hands up and people were getting healed from sickness, all kinds of sickness. I’m just not sure what to do, i am confused. I was thinking I had the same gift that Benny Hinn has; I used to follow him.

  3. Divine says:

    @Saundra – I am in exactly the same position. Did you ever use your gift since writing that comment?

  4. Mario says:

    Outstanding ministry guys. I cannot say thank you enough for the investment of time, talent, and resources you guys made for our kids. I know that Christ is pleased! We had a great time and this was an experience our kids will never forget. Please continue to keep up the good work and remain steadfast in sharing your love for Christ with others.

  5. Ojo kehinde says:

    About two men of God told me that God had called me into ministry,and instantly i quit my Job,not even getting the confirmation from God..though i have the feelings before now.but i need God 2 confirm it to me..what do i do?

    • Jon says:

      Study the Word of God and continue to seek His direction in your life. As you do, He will guide your steps. We will keep you in prayer, that God will confirm His direction in your life.

  6. Tola Martins says:

    have been having this feeling since all this year and dreaming about it that am preaching in a big authorium and still am still going sinful way the more i tried to known this God the more am commit sin.pls what can i do to be in his will and way? can God still used me?.

    • Jon says:

      The answer is yes, God can still use you! Your struggle with sin is nothing new. In fact, Paul wrote about this very issue in Romans 7. Check out verse 19 in particular, where it says, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” The key is found just 6 verses later, where Paul exclaims, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Paul could not save himself from his sinful desires, and neither can you. Jesus, through his work on the cross, can deliver you from a sinful lifestyle. God has a plan for your life, and He wants to see you succeed.

      With that in mind, the best thing you can do is to study God’s Word and spend time in prayer. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Also, become accountable to someone. Let them know when you are struggling, and when you are doing well. Allow them to ask you the hard questions. We will keep you in prayer.

  7. samuel boakye-adade says:

    Before I was in the world enjoying myself, doing everything. I was womanizing, drinking, and the others; but a time came the beginning of this year that I changed suddenly. I fight with my mind at times, if I am in a right part of GOD’S calling?

    • Jon says:

      Hi Samuel,

      That is a great question, and one that most, if not all, people will ask from time to time. In fact, most of the prominent people in the Bible struggled with the question of being in the center of God’s calling on their life. Finding the answer involves seeking God’s direction. As you spend time in the Bible and prayer, God will reveal His plan for you. It may be one step at a time, but He will guide you.
      Another practical thing that you can do is to seek biblical counseling from your pastor. If you don’t regularly attend a church, find a church with a Bible-believing pastor who can help you progress. Make yourself accountable to your pastor.
      We will keep you in prayer, that God will continue to work in your life and transform you into the person that He created you to be.