How Do People Truly Know If God Is Calling Them?

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Your question is important, because nothing is more important than God’s calling. Consider the majesty and greatness of what it means. The apostle Peter referred to this magnificent calling in his first letter:

It is God the Father who initially calls His chosen ones out of this world of spiritual darkness into His marvelous light.

“… You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10 1 Peter 2:9-10 9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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Peter’s inspired description of the Christian calling helps us to comprehend the majesty of God’s salvation. This great calling is made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins and the forgiveness He made freely available.

The apostle Paul underscored Peter’s approach by describing the Church (those chosen ones whom God has called out of this world) as a spiritual building joined together and growing into a holy temple in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:20-22 Ephesians 2:20-22 20 And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows to an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom you also are built together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
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However, it is God the Father who initially calls His chosen ones out of this world of spiritual darkness into His marvelous light (John 6:44 John 6:44No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
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, 65). One of the signs that God may be calling you is that you are beginning, however gradually, to truly understand the Scriptures with a depth and dimension that you never experienced before. You have begun to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God (Matthew 13:10-11 Matthew 13:10-11 10 And the disciples came, and said to him, Why speak you to them in parables? 11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
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If God is calling you, you also will have awakened to the need for change in your personal life, to bring it into line with the godly standards and values shown in the Scriptures —”to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1 Ephesians 4:1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called,
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, New International Version). The Bible refers to this process as repentance. Luke called it “repentance to life” (Acts 11:18 Acts 11:18When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance to life.
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Obviously there is much more to this miraculous process of the Christian calling than we can cover here. To learn more, request our comprehensive booklet that explains how acceptance of that calling ultimately leads to salvation and eternal life in the Kingdom of God. This free booklet, Transforming Your Life: The Process of Conversion , expounds these concepts in much greater detail. The title of the first chapter is: “Who Are God’s True Followers? ” We encourage all of our readers to request or download this crucial booklet.