In the Greek language of the New Testament, the word for “called” is kletos. It is related to the noun klesis, which means “a calling” and is used “especially of God’s invitation to man to accept the benefits of salvation” (Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, “Call, Called, Calling”). It is interesting to note the similarities to the Greek word for “church,” which is ekklesia, meaning a calling out of. So the Church consists of those who are called (invited) by God to understand His plan, to repent of their sins and to receive His Holy Spirit.
It is important to understand that one’s calling is an act of God! Only He calls (invites) someone. That is quite evident in John 6:44 when Jesus told the crowds, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.”
When the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans, he referred to his audience as “the called of Jesus Christ,” and the “beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:6-7). Later, when writing to the Corinthian brethren, Paul wrote: “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:9).
Not only is a Christian to be called into the “fellowship of His Son,” which indicates a relationship with Him, but there is a calling “out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9). This is a true blessing to be called out of the confusion of erroneous teachings that are so extant in this world into the light of God’s truth.
We must respond to that calling (invitation). Positive action is required! To be chosen, a person must accept his or her calling, be grateful for it and move forward in serving God and His Son faithfully.