Posted by: everynation | February 9, 2011

The Call (Jonah)

By Wolfi Eckleben

The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” – Jonah 1:122

This text requires no specific context from the book of Jonah, because it’s a theme that runs throughout the Scriptures.

Besides for creation & redemption, God has chosen to work through men and women to fulfil His purposes on the earth today. Throughout history the destiny of people, cities, nations hang on the knife-edge as those whom God has called wrestle with their response to obey or not.

God’s got a “go to” call for each believer’s life.

There are many places I’d like to “go to” (especially when its winter in London!), but the difference between where I want to go, and where God wants me to go, is calling. A few thoughts:

o Calling Definition: “A calling is God’s personal, individual invitation to carry out the unique task he has for you.”

o Calling is living with a sense that you are doing whatever you are doing in response to His leading, and for the purpose of being salt & light.

o Make sure that you understand the difference between a job, career and “vocation.”

o Always remember that God always calls you to “come to” Him before He gives you a “go to.”

o You can’t respond to His call, if you don’t hear His voice, so learn to listen…Its the privilege and responsibility of every believer, as Jesus said:

“But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. – John 10:26-27

o God called the prophet Jonah to prophesy… He calls you within your gift zone, but out of your comfort zone.

o God called Jonah to “the great city” – He calls us to place, people’s & His purposes…

Live called today – there’s no better way to live!

Listen to the podcast at and subscribe at www.everynation.co.uk to hear the whole series on Jonah.

Watch a little teaser video to our Jonah series here entitled Jonah arrives in London.

Wolfi Eckleben is the author of Wolfi’s View from London and is the senior pastor of Every Nation Church London.

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