Summary: Every ture Christian has been called by God to live a life that brings honor and glory to Him.
“Paul’s Three Calls”
April 18, 1999 (Romans 12:1-2) RPBC a.m.
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in
those days; there was no open vision. And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his
place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God went out in the
temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the LORD
called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I. And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst
me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down. And the LORD called yet
again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he
answered, I called not, my son; lie down again. Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, neither was the
word of the LORD yet revealed unto him. And the LORD called Samuel again the third time. And he
arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the LORD had
called the child. Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou
shalt say, Speak, LORD; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. And the
LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for
thy servant heareth. (1 Samuel 3:1-10 AV)
In the book of 1 Samuel we are reminded of the call of God upon the
individual’s life. The Scripture says that God called Samuel into His service while
he was still a boy. Samuel did not know the voice of God at first, but after the third
time of God speaking to him, and at the advice of Eli the priest who knew God,
Samuel surrendered to God’s call. The third time God called him, he answered,
“Speak, for thy servant heareth.” The rest is history. Samuel became a prophet
and priest in Israel.
The first eleven chapters of Romans are purely doctrinal in nature. They
cover the topics of sin, salvation, justification, sanctification, and glorification.
After these great chapters on nearly all the doctrines in the Bible, Paul presented a
spiritual truth. It is this: doctrine determines behavior. Let me say it another way:
right belief determines right behavior. Solomon said, “As he thinketh in his heart,
so is he,” (Prov. 23:7).
This morning I want to speak to you on the first two verses of Romans 12.
We have designated this as “Baby Day.” The proud parents of these precious
children have participated in the celebration and dedication of their little ones to
the Lord. That is good. It should be that way. More importantly, every person in
the building today should be dedicated to the Lord Jesus Christ. You may already
be. If you are, then well and good. But if you have never publicly dedicated your
life to the Lord to allow Him the privilege of using you as He sees fit, then today is
Looking at these verses, I want to share three thoughts. I want you to see
the call of God upon an individual’s life is a: 1] Call to Attention, a: 2] Call
to Surrender, and, a: 3] Call to Change.
BI - “EVERY SAVED INDIVIDUAL HAS BEEN CALLED BY GOD TO LIVE A
LIFE THAT WILL BRING HONOR AND GLORY TO HIM. YOU DO NOT
HAVE TO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO WITH
YOUR LIFE. IF YOU WILL SURRENDER TO HIS CALL, HE WILL
REVEAL IT IN TIME.”
Please consider first that Paul summoned the Roman Christians with the:
I. CALL TO ATTENTION -
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, . . . (Romans 12:1a AV)
There are four things we should note about the call to attention that Paul
issued to the Roman believers. That call was:
A. PERSONAL - “you”
Do “you” see it? Everyone, look at your Bible. Are “you” listening? God is
speaking to “you.” Don’t “you” worry about everyone else. Don’t “you” worry
about what the world is or is not doing. Don’t “you” worry about what your
brother or sister is doing. God is talking to “you.” Are “you” listening?
Sometimes we can’t hear God speaking to us because of the noises of the
world. We are worried about what everybody else is doing. It can’t be that way. I
must do what God wants me to do regardless of what others say or do. You must