The Privilege of the Called – Paula Gooch

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8


I try hard to get the last meaningful words into a very broken conversation distracted with getting the passport, ID, and boarding pass ready while waiting in line to check the luggage and silently praying under my breath it’s not going to weigh over the limit.  I hug my sibling tightly as I say goodbye for what seems like the millionth time.  Tears drip down my face when I blow kisses across the airport watching her go through security.  This is the privilege of the called.

After our parting, adjustments at home occur.  Things change – meal menus, cleanliness of the house, organization of the fridge, car availability, and even the amount of washing machine loads.  But in some unexplainable way, a new sense of “normal” is somehow created with the particular family member no longer present at home.

Far beyond the routine of home life, the relationship changes drastically.  Skype is now a regular tool, Facebook is used offend, emails are sent, and pictures are occasionally shared on Dropbox.  Things I prefer to share during a “special time” are communicated via staticky calls, all-family Skype meetings, a couple short texts, or five-paragraph emails.  I constantly need to be reminded this is the privilege of the called.

My family is separated by hundreds of miles, other countries, totally different cultures, completely different surroundings, divided by oceans and even spread into various continents.  Although departures can definitely be difficult, they are also a privilege to those who live out the Great Commission to spread His name throughout the earth.

Though He sometimes asks us to do things that are hard in one way or the other, He always provides the grace to carry out His will.  He supplies us with everything we need for life and godliness – that’s what is so wonderful about the privilege of the called!

Whether He calls you to serve Him in Germany, Indonesia, Columbia, Congo, Italy, or here in the South Bay, His plans are never a disappointment.  His Will for you is the best thing ever!

Consider what the Lord is calling you to – perhaps you have never even thought about serving Him across the seas, across the border, or across the city.  Please join us this weekend for “What in the World…” to learn more about different ways God can use you for His Glory all across the globe.

In light of eternity, it doesn’t matter whether He calls you to minister to drug addicts in China, persecuted Christians in Afghanistan, sex trafficked slaves in India, abortionists in Russia, Muslims in Pakistan, dying orphans in Liberia, prostitutes of the Red Light District, communists of Cuba, lost captives in North Korea, homeless in Detroit, or anywhere in between.  Wherever He leads you, follow – even if He leads you somewhere outside of LA, somewhere outside of the US, somewhere outside of the familiar, or somewhere outside of your comfort zone.

I challenge you to seek the Lord without any bias opinions or predetermined expectations and ask Him where He is calling you.  Maybe it is somewhere different than where you are living or what you are doing now – but you haven’t even asked Him.    Though His Plans may change your whole life’s dreams, your single pursuit should already be the Glory of God.  And He is best glorified when His people answer His Call.

Will you?


“What in the World” is this weekend at King’s Harbor Church.

About Paula Gooch

I am a daughter of the King, our Most High God. He has given His all for me and so my response is to live my life for His glory and His praise! {Isaiah 43:21, "This people have I formed for Myself; they shall [show] forth My praise."} The Christian life is about a response. We don't "have to do" certain things to receive God's mercies - Christ has already accomplished all that needs to be done! But since God gave His all for us, as we soak in that Truth and as God opens our spiritual eyes, our natural response is to praise and worship Him simply because He is worthy. That is why we serve, why we love the unlovable, why we pour out - not because we are "forced" to do it, but because once we've tasted and we've seen the Living Christ, how could we not praise Him, how could we not pour out our lives for Him, how could we not lay every crown at His feet?! {Psalm 34:8a, "O taste and see that the Lord is good"} It is my hope and prayer that as you read what I write, it would draw you into worshipping, praising, and glorifying our King. Let all that I say point you back to Christ who is the Only One Worthy. My last remark is to say that in Revelation 12:11, it says the people of God overcame the devil by the Blood of the Lamb (what was already done on the Cross which we cannot do in and of our own merit) and by the word of our testimony (which is God's faithfulness in our lives). I invite you to drop on in as I share little bits and pieces of God's faithfulness in my life and I pray you leave encouraged in Christ! All because He is worthy!!! ~Paula

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