Scripture for reflection

It is in times of quiet contemplation of the Scriptures that you are most likely to hear ‘the call’ of God. Compare your experiences of call with those of the people of the Scriptures. Be guided and comforted and inspired and challenged by their dreams, their fears, their struggles, their prayers and their wholehearted responses.

Listed below are the references in Scripture where different experiences of the call can be found. They may prove helpful to you.

‘Calls’ in Old Testament

  • Adam and Eve: Genesis 1:26-31; 2:4-25
  • Abraham and Sarah: Genesis 12:1-6; chapters 15, 17, 18
  • Isaac and Rebecca: Genesis 21:1-8; 22:1-9; chapter 24
  • Jacob/Israel and Leah and Rachel: Genesis 25:19-34; chapters 27-33
  • Joseph: Genesis 37; chapters 39-50
  • Moses: Exodus 2-4
  • Joshua: Joshua 1
  • Deborah: Judges 4-5
  • Ruth: Ruth 1:1-18
  • Samuel: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
  • David: 1 Samuel 16:1-12; 2 Samuel 7
  • Elijah: 1 Kings 17-19
  • Elisha: 1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2;13:14-25
  • Amos: Amos 7-9
  • Hosea: Hosea 1-2
  • Isaiah: Isaiah 6 and 40
  • Suffering Servant: Isaiah 42:1-4; 49:1-7; 50:4-11; 52:13-53
  • Jeremiah: Jeremiah 1:4-10; 15:10-21; 20:7-9
  • Ezekiel: Ezekiel 1-3
  • Daniel: Daniel 6
  • Judith: Judith 8
  • Esther: Esther 4; 9:20-32
  • Tobit: Tobit 1-3
  • Nehemiah: Nehemiah 1-2
  • Jonah: Jonah 1-3
  • Matthias: 1 Maccabees 1-2
  • Job: Job 1 and chapters 38, 39 and 42
  • Psalmist: Psalm 139
  • Sirach: Sirach 44-51

‘Calls’ in New Testament

  • John the Baptist: Luke 1:5-25, 57-80; 3:1-20; Mark 1:1-8; Matthew 3:1-12
  • John: 1:19-34; 3:22-36
  • Mary: Luke 1:26-56
  • Joseph: Matthew 1:19-24
  • Jesus’ Baptism: Mark 1:9-13; Matthew 3:13-4:11; Luke 3:21-22 and 4:1-31
  • Disciples at the Lake: Mark 1:16-20 and 2:13-17
  • First Disciples: Matthew 4: 18-22 and 9:9-13; Luke 5:1-11 and 5:27-32; John 1:35-51
  • Disciples on the Mount: Mark 3:13-19; family response 3:20-35
  • Commissioning Disciples: Matthew 9:35-10:5; Luke 6:12-16; John 15:9-17; entire last discourse chapters 13-17
  • Instructions to Disciples: Matthew 10:6-11:1; Luke 9:1-6 and 10:1-20
  • Rich Young Man: Mark 10:17-31; Matthew 19:16-30; Luke 18:18-30
  • Penitent Woman: Luke 7:36-50
  • Zacchaeus: Luke 19:1-20
  • Nicodemus: John 3:1-21
  • Woman at the Well: John 4:1-42
  • Women at the Tomb: Mark 16:1-8; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24: 1-12; John 20:1-18
  • Matthias: Acts 1:15-26
  • Stephen: Acts 6-7
  • Paul: Acts 9:1-25; 22:3-16; 26:12-18
  • Timothy: 2 Timothy 1:1-14
  • Titus: Titus 1-2
  • Philemon: Philemon
  • Jesus the High Priest: Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Our Calling

  • Who is Jesus? Mark 8:27-38; 9:30-32; 10:32-34; Matthew 16:13-28;17:22-23; 20:17-19; Luke 9:18-36; 9:43-45; 18:31-34
  • Who are Followers? Luke 9:57-62
  • Prodigal Son: Luke 15:1-32
  • Ten Lepers: Luke 17:11-19
  • Rich and poor: Luke 16: 19-32
  • Last judgment: Matthew 25:31-46
  • God’s people: Deuteronomy 6:1-7; 11
  • Called by name: Isaiah 43 and 49
  • Baptized in Christ: Romans 6
  • No boasting: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
  • Understand fully: Ephesians 1 and 4
  • Imitate Christ: Philippians 2:1-18 and chapter 3
  • We proclaim: 1 John 1:1-14

Do not dwell on the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do it is happening already, you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness for you and give you streams of water there. – Isaiah 43:18-19