115. How do people respond to God’s call?
- God’s call goes unheard.
- God’s call is heard, scorned, and rejected.
- God’s call is heard, but the answer is delayed.
- God’s call is heard and understood, and the person who is called obeys it immediately.
- Seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (Matthew 13:13)
- Parable of the Great Feast: Luke 14:16-24 – But they all with one accord began to make excuses. (Luke 14:18)
- The apostle Paul’s discussion with the Roman governor Felix: Acts 24:24-26 – As Paul reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.” (Acts 24:25)
- Calling of Matthew (Matthew 9:9).
So being called is to be taken seriously!
- Today, if you will hear His voice: “Do not harden your hearts!” (Psalm 95:7-8)
- Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life. (Job 33:29-30)
- And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptised, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16)
- Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” (1 Samuel 3:10)
God does not call us forever – there is a point when it is too late for us. The door of grace will be locked if we do not desire to enter. “Outside” is a terrible word.