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Key Verse

  • Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent1 to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble 2 Peter 1:10 NKJV

Called usually when at work

1. Elisha

  • So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. And Elijah passed over to him and threw his mantle on him. 1 Kings 19:19 NASB

2. Gideon

  • Now the Angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. Judges 6:11 NKJV

3. Paul

  • Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord. He approached the high priest and requested letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women belonging to the Way, he could bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As Saul drew near to Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?” “Who are You, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” Acts 9:1-6 BSB

Different Callings

  • He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers Ephesians 4:11 NKJV
Other versions
  • And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. Ephesians 4:11-13 AMP

Call Irrevocable

  • For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] Romans 11:29 AMPC

General Calling: Called To ...

  • Hope: There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to one hope when you were called–one Lord, one faith, one baptism Ephesian 4:4-5 NIV 1984
  • I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19 NIV 1984Prize: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 NIV 1984
  • Peace: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. Colossians 3:15 NIV 1984
  • God has called us to live in peace. 1 Corinthians 7:15 NIV 1984
  • Freedom: You, my brothers, were called to be free. Galatians 5:13 NIV 1984
  • Called by graceI am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all. Galatians 1:6-7 NIV 1984
  • But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Galatians 1:15-17 NIV 1984
  • FellowshipGod, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 NIV 1984
  • Holy: To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy 1 Corinthians 1:2 NIV 1984


  1. 4704 σπουδάζω [SPOUDA/ZW] {spoudázō} \spoo-dad'-zo\ from 4710; to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.