You See Your Calling but Why YOU?
calling is greater than you may have previously imagined. It just
didn't happen; it was no accident. You were called, by none other than
God the Father, - the greatest power in all the universe.
The chances are, if you are reading this magazine, you have been called
and are now a part of the greatest Work on earth. But do you realize
what this calling entails? It involves a far greater responsibility
than any other you may have on the job, at home, or in your personal
A future position in the Kingdom of God far surpasses any earthly job.
It is an assigned responsibility in the greatest organization or
government in the universe - not just the world.
A position in the Kingdom of God is intrinsically greater than any
office held by a ruler, president or governor on earth. After all, the
specific job we speak of is that of being God!
Jesus said: "... Among them that are born of women there hath not risen
a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in
the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Matt. 11:11).
You are called to be among the firstfruits with Christ (James 1:18) -
called to aid in setting up the government of God here on earth (see
Rev. 2:26, 27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4, 6).
Many Called, But Few Chosen
Amazingly, determining your qualifications and making a final decision
relative to placing you in the Work of God is based on some of the same
time-tested principles as used by giant industrial corporations.
In industry many applicants are evaluated before a choice or decision
is made to fill a job or position. In the business world, many are
called, but few are chosen.
Let's take a look at the factors that caused you to be selected for a
position in the Work of God now and in the future. As Mr. Herbert W.
Armstrong has stated, only 50,000 baptized members have been called so
far in this age out of a total world population of 3,600,050,000 -only
one out of every 72,000.
In addition, several tens of thousands have come to believe and support
this Work - and thus become a part of it - although they have not asked
to be baptized into the Worldwide Church of God.
Who made the decision to call you and not someone else? And what standards were used?
Surprisingly, the greatest of all job opportunities - a position in the
Kingdom of God - cannot be applied for unless a prior invitation is
received. In John 6:44 Christ stated: "No man can come to me, except
the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the
last day." And in Matthew 22:1-14 Christ describes the call to the
Kingdom of God by using the allegory of an invitation to a wedding. The
wedding guest must first be invited before he may attend.
When we were called, we ourselves did not choose God - we were blind to
this high calling (see II Cor. 4:3-4). God instead chose us. "Ye have
not chosen me, but I have chosen you ...," said Jesus to His disciples
- His disciples then and now (John 15:16). Of course, the Father had
originally given these men to Christ (see John 17:2-3, 6-7, 9, 11-12).
Spectacular Job Opportunity and Calling
When you consider that God has advertised this spectacular job
opportunity and calling for nearly 6000 years, it is remarkable that
most people are not even cognizant of its existence.
One advertisement on the positions available runs 1462 pages long and
contains nearly one-half million words. Think of that! The
advertisement is called the Holy Bible. It is displayed in almost every
home in the Western world. And yet few are the takers, as the parable
in Matthew 22 clearly shows.
During this present century, God is spending many millions of dollars a
year advertising this mammoth office of responsibility over radio,
television, through printed material, and even word of mouth.
Yet, so far, only 50,000 baptized members, plus co-workers and
supporters, have answered the ad for the job. Just like in this world's
corporations, it seems, many are called and interviewed, but few are
Who Determines Your Qualifications?
Finding the right man for the job is so important to industrial
corporations that .the final decision on whom to hire is often reserved
for the president - even in large companies. This is especially true
for the higher-paying, upper-level positions.
It is a responsibility that the president will often not even delegate
to the personnel department, which assists in gathering the information
concerning the qualifications of a prospective employee. The president
himself makes the final decision.
God says in Psalms 82:1, 5, 6 that He, as President and Ruler over the
entire universe, looks over the crop of potential gods as they walk the
earth - they themselves not even knowing they are being observed.
It is a mammoth task requiring enormous effort to go through the
qualifications of over 3'/2 billion potential candidates. It's such an
important responsibility that the President, the highest Being in all
the universe, reserves the right to make all decisions!
In John 6:44, God the Father makes it clear that He and He alone does
the calling. He will not delegate that responsibility - it's that
important! The Father will and has delegated other duties, such as
judgment (John 5:22). But He has not delegated the responsibility of
calling the members of His Church.
John 5:17 reveals that both the Father and the Son work hard at their
respective jobs. God the Father has labored tirelessly for nearly 6,000
years - carefully going over billions upon billions of unknown
The Father Called Abraham
Early in the history of the world (after the Flood), God the Father
reviewed all available personnel and finally called Abraham for a most
The reason? The Father determined, after exhaustive examination, that
Abraham had the right qualities and potential for this vital position.
(For an in-depth description of the unique calling of Abraham, please
review the booklets The United States and British Commonwealth in
Prophecy and The Wonderful World Tomorrow - What It Will Be Like and
What Is the Reward of the Saved?)
Now note a few of Abraham's qualifications. Genesis 13:8-10 - the
ability to resist temptation and the pulls of the flesh extant in the
cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Genesis 15:4-6 - faithfulness; Genesis 14:20 - a man who paid his
tithes faithfully; Genesis 18:5 - the quality of hospitality; Genesis
14:14 - courage; Genesis 18:23-32 - compassion and humility; Genesis
18:19 - an ability to lead his children to God; Genesis 22:1-3 -
In the 15th century B.C. God again carefully considered all men alive
and selected one person from the sea of human applicants - the man
Moses, when he was called, didn't think he was adequately qualified. In
Exodus 3:11 and 4:10-13, he said, in effect: "Not me, God - I can't do
But God the Father has the ability to look inside of a man - right into
what makes him tick (I Sam. 16:7). The Father is able to determine if a
person He calls fits the job description.
God noted Moses' qualifications and recorded them for us today. They are succinctly summarized in Hebrews 11:23-29.
Other Special Callings
Jeremiah was called; the Father knew him while he was yet in the womb
(Jer. 1:4-8). John the Baptist - he too was called while still in his
God the Father has personally called all people who will be in the
first resurrection - including Daniel, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah,
Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Rahab, Mark, Luke, Peter, John - and you!
And He also called Herbert W. Armstrong and his son Garner Ted
Armstrong. You can read about that special calling in Malachi 4:5, 6.
Their calling - just like Abraham's, Moses' and John the Baptist's - is
a major one requiring an even greater examination of qualifications
than for you or me. God doesn't make mistakes, and He didn't make one
in these two end-time cases.
A Careful Selection Process
Jesus is now preparing a place for you, a future job or office of
responsibility in the Kingdom of God (John 14:1-2). And since the time
the Father caused you to come to Christ, Jesus has been looking over
your qualifications, noting how loyal, dedicated and obedient you are
to His family (Christ and the Father), His Work and His Church (see I
You were very carefully selected! But do you know why?
Like Abraham, Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Jacob and David, you have the
qualifications to succeed - or God simply would not have opened your
Oh, you can fail all right; but if you do, it's your responsibility,
not God's. If you become irrevocably bitter, egotistical, self-exalted,
or self-righteous, you can destroy yourself, your God-being potential,
and deny your great calling into the Kingdom of God.
Not the Best Nor the Brightest
One crucial reason you were called is recorded in I Corinthians
1:26-29: "For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God
hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and
God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things
which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are
despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to
nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence."
Why has God called the weak rather than the strong and mighty? Because
their chances of becoming self-righteous and haughty of mind are
significantly diminished. Human vanity and pride are obstacles to God's
Spirit. God can only work with someone who is humble and aware of his
limitations (see II Corinthians 12:9, 10).
If you remember how little you are, instead of how great you may think
you are, then you can help get the Work done by God's great Spirit
power. "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of
hosts" (Zech. 4:6).
A Difficult Race to Run
Back in the beginning, even before the Flood, it was difficult to
succeed spiritually. In Genesis 6:5-6, God tells us how sin-filled the
world was. Times were really bad!
Yet today it is probably even more difficult to succeed in some ways.
Since great power and energy is expended spreading sin, an enormous
amount of evil is present in today's chaotic world. Movies, TV, the
press, mass communication, the telephone - all amplify and accelerate
the sin process.
It is the end time when Satan's wrath is white hot! He is mounting an all-out, frenzied, last effort of hatred and revenge.
If God doesn't shorten the time soon (and He will) all humanity would
die as Christ warned in Matthew 24:22. Great trouble is now beginning
to come upon us; a time of great captivity is prophesied (Jer. 30:2-3).
It will not be long until Jacob's trouble reaches its climax (verses
6-9). We must endure hardships until the end - until we possess
permanent safety in the Kingdom of God (Matthew 24:13).
You didn't make yourself what you are today if you are one of the
called-out ones. You are called of and by God the Father - the greatest
Power in the universe - for a glorious purpose through His mercy.
You were chosen after very careful consideration and much deep thought.
So important is your calling that the Father did not delegate this
vital responsibility even to His Son, Jesus Christ.
Don't ever forget that - you have it made, you can't fail - unless you of your own volition turn your back on God.
So heed His exhortation to "... Work out your own salvation with fear
and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of his good pleasure" (Phil. 2:12-13).
With God's help, you can endure to the very end.
Article reprinted from the September 1974 Good News by Paul S. Royer