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Jentezen Franklin: When God calls you
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I believe with all my heart that every one of us was born with a unique calling and purpose on our life.

I believe this is why every single one of us, and the millions upon millions all over the earth, each have our own distinct DNA.

The question is, what is your calling? What is your assignment on earth?

When God called me to be a preacher, it wasn’t because of anything others saw in me or my speaking ability. And it certainly wasn’t because I looked in the mirror and saw anything but a skinny teenager with horrible acne.

God saw a different me. He knew the purpose he had on my life and my surrender to that purpose has made all the difference.

Today, I’m not any more special than the next guy, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am doing what I was created to do.

God told Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart.”

When God decides to use you, five things happen.

First, there is a call. God asks common people to do uncommon things, like Peter getting out of a boat and walking on water.

Second, there is fear.

When God called Moses to stand before Pharaoh, he said, “I’m not a good enough speaker; use somebody else.”

Third, there is reassurance. The thought of filling Moses’ shoes must have shaken Joshua to the core.

So God told him, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you.”

Fourth, there is a decision. Sometimes we say yes to God and sometimes we say no. When we say yes, we live with joy. When we say no, we forfeit that joy. But there’s always a decision.

Fifth, there is a changed life.

Those who say yes to God’s call don’t walk perfectly, not by a long shot. But because they say yes, they learn and grow even from their failures. Indeed, their failures often become part of their ability to minister to others.

Those who say no to God are changed, too. They become a little harder, a little more resistant to his calling and a little more likely to say no next time.

Is God calling you?

Maybe it has to do with your work, relationships, money or facing your biggest fear.

God’s call will go to the core of who you are and what you do. Saying yes to him is the best decision you’ll ever make.

Jentezen Franklin is the senior pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville. He can be contacted at 678-677-8300 or visit www.freechapel.org.

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