The called person is inner-directed. Called people possess inner strength and a quality of perseverance and power that will withstand the outer storms. They may appear unnoticed, unappreciated, and unsophisticated, but they know how to stand and withstand.
The called person is courageous. The biblical example of a called person is John the Baptist. His entire creation was to be the foreteller of Jesus the Christ. He was born for that purpose, and that purpose only. Until Jesus came to be baptized, John the Baptist was the standing up in the desert, speaking his truth and the truth of nations. He had crowds following him, but he never forgot his purpose – to be the foreteller of the One.
The called person is a steward. The task of the steward it to manage something on behalf of the owner until the owner comes to take it back. John the Baptist understood his purpose and handled the stewardship of God’s people correctly. He managed with an open hand. When Jesus the Christ arrived on the public scene, John the Baptist, not only bowed out, he acknowledged the true leader. King Saul, an ego driven leader, did not understand his purpose and handled his stewardship poorly. King Saul believed he owned, thus his ego told him he must protect. When one tries to close in to protect, one crushes and loses. All you have to do to is to read the story of how King Saul handled the arrival of King David to realize that King Saul did not know how to be a gracious steward.
The called person knows who he or she is. Knowing who you are starts with knowing who you are not. This is a personal truth with me. I spent many years determining who I was not, peeling back those layers of what did not fit me, to uncover the genuine kernel of the one left after all the outward layers were removed. When the outer words are clamoring at you, thundering at you, make sure that you can still hear the inner voice, God’s guidance keeping you true.
The called person has a great sense of purpose. The called person knows his or her place. The called person relaxes in his or her purpose and is comfortable there, and thinks, “I was made for this.” The called person is peaceful in his or her purpose and lives in joy.
CITE: Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald