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To be Called

We tend to form historical characters into images matching their exploits.

Historians believe the origin of werewolves, vampires and other monsters of the night resulted from discoveries of brutally murdered people, rationalized as, “no human could do this to another human.”

Yes, they can & do.

We do the same imaginary character development with good characters. God saw Gideon as a “mighty warrior” (Judges 6:12), so we develop a visual of a muscle-bound fighter who could scare away Chuck Norris with just an angry glance.

Nope, nobody can do that.

Through the years I have seen so many illustrations of Gideon as a mighty warrior with a 6 (or 10)-pack abdomen, I had started to think there was a biblical angel named Gideon that got confused with the real Gideon. There is no angel Gideon to get him confused with; just the imagination of illustrators who justified Gideon’s call and exploits by assuming he must have been an old-testament iron-man.

I’ve also heard (and even said myself before) that Gideon was a timid coward, but I find little evidence of that. He was an ordinary man called into extraordinary circumstances.

A calling is neither a compliment of your character nor a curse of your capacity. It is not based on your stature, experiences, credentials or reputation. Nor does it cause you to sacrifice everything and cut your life off from what you may have become.

It is a calling. Nothing more, nothing less. You have been called to serve Him and His purposes. If you are recognized by God as a mighty warrior, accept it as His title for that given service during that specific time. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

 

Think About it…

Handle that calling with humility applied with confidence. I like to think Gideon was more humble than timid (Judges 6:15; “…I am the weakest”). Even when confident, you may need to be encouraged by hearing the enemy whisper in their tents, “this is Gideon and his sword.” (Judges 7:14).

Don’t validate (or discredit) a call by considering credentials. But just because you (or someone else) are called, don’t dismiss the need for preparation.

Being called is not dependent on your abilities nor is it an excuse to skip training.

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