Listen! There’s a sound from Heaven right now—it is a roll call. Hear God say, “Arise beloved!”
- A “roll call” is an attendance call. It is when a list of names is called out, to establish who is present
- It may be a group of people who have a specific purpose, at a certain time and place
At the moment your name is called during a roll call, you are the focus of attention.
God’s call is personal. His gaze is upon you. He calls you by name.
It is a pivotal moment.
Called in Your Humanity and Destiny
“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by your name; you are Mine.” (Is 43:1, NKJV)
Beloved! I call you by name.
And I know you in your weakness and humanity—as I did the stumbling Jacob. I know you in your strength and destiny—as I did Israel. 
Yes, you are in the process of being formed. But do not be afraid. I have redeemed and restored you.
You are covered by my grace.
David’s Mighty Men: The Roll Call of the Least Likely
It was an unusual roll call. Those we know today as David’s “mighty men” started as a motley group of castaways.
They joined David’s band and became loyal to him, before he was king.
At that time, he was an outlaw on the run from King Saul.
But David was anointed by the Holy Spirit.
As the group gathered to David—as they aligned to him and served him—the kingly anointing upon David transformed them.
“David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.” (1 Sam 22:1-2 NIV)
These are the ones who became David’s army, his leaders, his mighty warriors; those who would go on to do great exploits.
- It doesn’t say, “those who were successful, those who were perfect, who had it all together, who had everything lined up”
- It doesn’t say, “those who were the most spiritual”
The beginnings of his army, were those who were “in distress, debt, or discontented.” (1 Sam 22:2) 
Their journey to greatness began in the wilderness.
So, if you have experienced pain, if you have felt ripped off, if you have been discouraged.
If you are tired of the status quo.
If you feel like a has-been.
If you are hungry for something you haven’t yet experienced, this roll call is for you.
Flawed Yet Chosen
As it has often been said, “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called”.
“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
(1 Cor 1:26-28 NIV)
You are chosen!
You are included. Invited personally by God to be a part of His plan.
This roll call is for the authentic.
Not a “photoshopped” version of you, but the genuine you.
As you are, flawed and weak, but amazing. You are handpicked!
Jesus spoke of Himself as the Good Shepherd, who calls His sheep out by name (John 10:3). He says, “Come! I have room for you. I have space for you to grow.
You are safe with Me!”
He is Your Sufficiency
The enemy will try to make you feel unqualified, disqualified, or left out. When in fact, Jesus has something for you to do, that nobody else can do.
Today, hear God say, “I choose you!’ ‘I’m calling you!”
So, don’t turn aside, as He calls your name. Instead:
Own up to your weakness, own up to your failure, own up to your hunger and that you can’t live without Him.
Stripped bare, with nothing to recommend you but the grace of God.
Trusting in the blood of Jesus.
Knowing He alone is your sufficiency.
Now, feel His strength and breath flow into you.
Called in Weakness, Gathered to Greatness
Those who gathered to David, went to him at the cave. It was the place they escaped to in the wilderness (1 Sam 22).
Here is the glory. The wilderness in Scripture is not only a place of testing, it is a place of birthing.
So, if you feel as though you have been in a wilderness in some way, you are in the right place at the right time for a miracle.
You matter—you count.
You are significant.
You are His beloved.
And God says, “This is your roll call.”
 For further study see Gen 32:28 where God renamed Jacob “Israel”.
- See my post, “Take the Baton and Leave the Baggage” for my prophetic study on this passage.
 See 2 Samuel 23:8-39 for a summary list of David’s “Mighty Men” and their exploits.
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