When the Calling becomes greater than the Call’er

by Timothy Tay

 At a prayer meeting recently where no prior agenda was set and when worship is the primary focus the sense of God’s holy presence was felt like that of the weight of His glory had been in our midst. 

It is not surprising that glory and weight go together for in Hebrew the word glory (kabod)[1]http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3519b.htm has its root meaning as weight or heaviness.

Thus Paul wrote that he would gladly exchange his afflictions for a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 2 Cor 4:16-17.

Saul, Paul’s namesake in the OT, had on numerous occasions experienced the weight of God’s glory upon him:

» Anointed by God to be a leader 1 Sam 10:1

» Empowered by the Holy Spirit 1 Sam 11:6 

» Prophesied with the prophets 1 Sam 10:11,19:24

Saul had known the importance of:

» Honouring God 1 Sam 11:12-13

» Persistent prayer 1 Sam 14:37-41

» Corporate worship 1 Sam 15:30

Are you called to lead?

Can you identify yourself in the experiences that Saul had?

You may say he’s been there and done that. And yet Saul fell from grace not once but twice by failing to take instruction from Samuel whom God used to speak to Saul 1 Sam 13:13, 1 Sam 15:22.

Saul’s disobedience came about when he took his calling as king of Israel more seriously than the One who made the call.

When pleasing the people becomes greater than pleasing God it is not surprising that God rejected Saul and looked for the one that is truly after His own heart. (Ichabod),[2]http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/I/ICHABOD/ the glory of the God of Israel had left Saul. The only glory Saul had was the golden crown weighing on his head.

Abraham received the call of God to migrate from Ur to Canaan and to be the father of many nations. And when God told him to offer Isaac as a sacrifice Abraham was willing to lay down the call to father nations and obeyed his Call’er.

The greatness of a man is not on the crown he wore on his head but in knowing when to lay the crown before the throne of the King of Kings and proclaiming:

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being. Rev 4:10-11

Paul, who is also known as Saul, by his own account been the worst enemy of the early Church, received the call and went on to fight the good fight, finished the course and kept his faith (2 Tim 4:7).


1 http://biblesuite.com/hebrew/3519b.htm
2 http://www.bible-history.com/isbe/I/ICHABOD/

Timothy Tay

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