Can or Called?

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Can or Called?

By Lisa Buffaloe

I’m a “can do” kind of woman. I have knowledge, some strength and power, the means and capacity to do and accomplish many things. I can keep incredibly busy with family, friends, blogging, writing, and social interactions. However having a “can do” attitude isn’t necessarily a calling. 

The Greek definition of “called” is a calling, an invitation, an invitation to a feast, a divine invitation to embrace the salvation of God. 

Are you working under a “can do” attitude or are you called? When we take the time to assess our calling as opposed to what we can accomplish on our own, we find the power, strength, motivation, and supply of God. If I change my thoughts from “doing what I can do” to “doing what I’ve been called to do”, that is where supernatural empowering comes. For nothing is impossible with God, and His power can do all things. 

So I spent some time researching the New Testament to discover what it means to be called. 

As Christians, we are gifted to be irrevocably called. “God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” ~ Romans 11:29 (NIV)

Called to hope. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.” ~ Ephesians 4:4 (NIV)

Called to be free. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” ~Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

Called to power and strength through Christ. “To those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:24-25 (NIV)

Called to fellowship with Jesus Christ. “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9(NASB)

Called for justification and glory. “Whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ Romans 8:30 (NASB), 2 Thessalonians 2:14 (NIV)

Called to fight the good fight. “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:12 (NIV)

Called to belong. “Called to belong to Jesus Christ.” ~ Romans 1:6 (ESV)

Called to be holy. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15 (NIV)

Called not because of works but according to God’s purpose and grace. “He saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV)

Called to press on for a heavenly prize. “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14(NIV)

Called to an eternal inheritance and freedom. “Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” ~ Hebrews 9:15 (NIV)

Called to peace and thankfulness. “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” ~ Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

Called out of darkness into light. “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” ~ 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)

Called to endure. “But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” ~ 1 Peter 2:20-21(NIV)

Called to bless. “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” ~ 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Called to restoration, strength, firmness, and steadfastness. “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” ~ 1 Peter 5:10 (NIV)

Called and given everything needed. “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” ~ 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

Called to be loved and kept. “To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.” ~ Jude 1:1 (NIV)

Called to be friends. “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” ~ John 15:15 (NIV)

Called in love to be God’s child. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! ~ 1 John 3:1(NIV)

So my dear friends, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” ~ Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)

I’ll let Paul finish this post. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in  the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.” ~ Ephesians 1:18-21(NASB)

lives in Tennessee, USA. Is a writer, blogger, speaker, and happily-married mom.

Her difficult past experiences bless her with a backdrop to share about Gods unending love and that through Him we find healing, restoration, and renewal.

She is the author of Flying on His Wings, Unfailing Treasures Devotional, No Wound Too Deep For The Deep Love Of Christ, Living Joyfully Free Devotional (Vol 1 & 2), Nadia’s Hope, Prodigal Nights, and Grace for the Char-Baked.

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