Matthew 10:1 KJV - 1 And when [Jesus] had called unto [Him] His twelve disciples, He gave them power [against] unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Jesus Christ called 12 men to be His disciples to learn of Him, and to be His apostles to teach of Him after His ascension to Heaven. It's easy to see the call of Thomas, Peter, Bartholomew, and the crew as something special because they were called by specifically by Christ Himself! But what if the concept of being called was not limited to being selected by the literal voice of God? And what if the concept of being called was not limited to a task explicitly or exclusively labeled or defined as ministry?
The Bible is clear on the reality of being chosen! Chosen as a group...
Deuteronomy 7:6 KJV - 6 For thou [art] an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee [Israel] to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth.
Chosen as an individual...
1 Chronicles 28:10 KJV - 10 Take heed now; for the LORD hath chosen thee [Solomon] to build an house for the sanctuary: be strong, and do [it].
The Scriptures reveal that to be called is to be asked or commanded by God, to do a specific task for God. Whether as a nation or a number one, the calling is not ratified by the type of task. The calling may be affirmed by others, but it is only confirmed by God. It is His divine appointment that has the authority to make the ordinary, extraordinary. The same One Who sanctified a day, the seventh-day Sabbath, is the same One Who sanctifies His servants! Therefore, as the LORD's servants, when we serve and however we serve, that service is a fulfillment of a calling when we are doing as He has called. Whether as "ministers of the altar" (Joel 1:13) we define as clergy or as "unprofitable servants" of Luke 17:10...
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
If the Lord Jesus calls you to preach to 5,000 people in an auditorium - you are called. If the Lord calls you to clean all the restrooms in that auditorium - you are called. If the Lord calls you to build a retaining wall on the side of that auditorium - you are called. If the Lord calls you to come to hear the seminar at 6pm at that auditorium...you get the picture.
Matthew 22:14 KJV - 14 For many are called, but few [are] chosen.
In other words, God is calling many but even fewer are choosing to be chosen! Accepting God's will for your life turns jobs into ministries; schedules into divine appointments. Under the sanctifying power of simply doing what God wills day-by-day, we choose to be chosen!
God has something to say to us (more than we want to hear it)! That's why there is always a WORD!