by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday June 15, 2005
The Missionary Call
God issues three calls to every person. First, He offers us salvation through confessing our sin and placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Second, He calls us to sanctification—the process of bringing our conversation, conduct, and character under the Lordship of Christ. Finally, He reveals a position of service for us to fill.
Many people who gladly receive the Son and His sanctification cringe at the Father’s call to service, particularly if it is to missionary work. We can believe that God would ask us to become a nurse or a teacher. We are pleased to serve as an usher or as the coach of the local soccer team, but almost no one thinks he should be called into missions. How could God use a missionary with no seminary training, or no college degree, or very little understanding of the Bible? Literally thousands of people doing the Lord’s work once sat in church and thought the same thing.
Whether the mission field is across town or across the sea, God selects specific people to do specific work. While we might assume that age, marital status, or physical limitations would disqualify us, God does not choose missionaries according to our criteria. Instead, He equips those He calls. In our earliest moments of life, He gives us the personality, temperament, and abilities necessary to accomplish the mission He has for us.
If God will prepare us and go with us, no good reasons exist for refusing to serve Him. What in your life is keeping you from surrendering to God’s call? Whatever it is, it is not worth the cost of missing out on His best for you.
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