“Jesus summoned His twelve disciples…” (Matthew 10:1).
While “summoned” is sometimes translated as “called,” the root of this word was originally associated with an invitation to a banquet. In other words, our call to faith is initiated by God, and facilitated by the Holy Spirt, as an invitation to follow the Son. The call of God isn’t for a specialized few, but is received by all desiring a life of steadfast discipleship. An invitation from the King cannot be ignored.