An in-depth study into the question of how to know if you are called …and what do about it?
In this book, Penn tackles how to know if you are called and what to do about it if you are. Short of going to Bible school or seminary, he shows you practical things you can do right now to cultivate your calling.
He uses his own testimony of how God called Him, confirmed it along the way, and led him through an incremental process that brought him into the ministry he walks in today.
He takes time to establish the concept that everything God does is a co-operative effort: He has His part, and we have ours. If we ever confuse the two, we will not come into what God has for us.
These notes provide a Biblical basis for the premise that while we may feel called, God wants to establish this in a way that is obvious to others. He always establishes what He has said or is saying. This should be free of our manipulation and management.
There is an order to ordination. First, it happens in our hearts. Then, the Lord uses other men who can perceive our call and readiness to set us into a place of ministry. In a section called “Walking With Your Shoes on the Wrong Feet,” Penn address the frustration of how some who are called end up doing ministry that God has not purposed for them to do.
These notes deal with the delicate issue of presumption, where people ordain themselves to the ministry rather than waiting for God to invite them to the table.
There is an extensive question and answer section that helps clarify this unique perspective and shed even more light on the subject.
This book also contains Penn’s testimony and how God called him into ministry.