• Dr. Leah Fortson

God Calls Us

Updated: May 25, 2019


How can God call me what so many say I am not? This is a question I have pondered time and time again. How can God call me what so many say I am not?


At face value this question can appear to be an argument about titles, names, and maybe even positions. However, beneath the surface of this question is a profound challenge against the paradigm of modern day society – a paradigm in which the names given to us by men are placed above the names given to us by God. This question is drawing a distinction between what God calls us and what individuals call us.


See, God calls us beyond our sir names and our first names. God calls us beyond our gender, our age, our race. God calls us beyond our mistakes, our failures, our shortcomings. In fact, when God calls us He speaks to something humanity has yet to fully understand, He speaks to our identity. An identity that cannot be labeled or categorized, for God calls you and I by a name that only our spirits can respond to… not our flesh. God calls us by a name that contradicts our flesh and every fleshly interpretation of identity. God calls us by a name that shatters preconceived notions about who we are and who we can become. And knowing the names other’s might call us He intentionally calls us otherwise – instead of sinful He calls us beloved, He calls us redeemed, He calls us children… His children – heirs of a promise we do not deserve. He calls us in spite of what others might think about it, in spite of what others might feel about it, He calls us.


So, how is it that God will call you what others said you are not? Simple, because His thoughts are higher than their thoughts and His ways are higher than their ways. Don’t allow the limited perspective of others to limit your potential! Respond to the name God calls you above what others might call you. Chosen. Beautiful. Wonderful. Delightful. Powerful.