Say “Send me!” to God. Just as God sent Jesus into the world to rescue you from sin and secure your salvation, God wants to send you into the world to help rescue other people who are lost and need to both hear the Gospel and see it in action helping them with their needs. Since you were once lost and are now found, you’re part of God’s search-and-rescue team for others who need those in the light to help them in the darkness. Commit to doing your part.

Ask God to awaken you to the needs He wants you to help meet in the world. Pray for God to bring suffering and injustice to your attention and give you the compassion and courage you need to do something about it. Look at the needs right around you, and every day, do what you can to help meet them (from being kind to your spouse to helping an elderly neighbor with yard work). Look at the needs throughout the world, and ask God to help you discern which causes you should help with, and how you should do so (such as through volunteer work or contributions to charities and advocacy organizations). Be flexible enough for God to interrupt your schedule when He wants you to pay attention to a particular service opportunity. Ask God to help you notice and care about what matters most to Him.

Take the first step, and then keep walking wherever God leads you. Whenever God calls you, respond right away rather than waiting around. Pray immediately for the spiritual strength you need to take action, and then move forward, trusting God to guide and empower you. Start where you are, with what you have, however you can. Then you’ll experience the joy of seeing God work through your life powerfully to help others in need and redeem the world.

Adapted from Undaunted: Daring to Do What God Calls You to Do, copyright 2012 by Christine Caine and Equip & Empower Ministries. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.zondervan.com.  

Christine Caine is no stranger to suffering. Overcoming childhood abuse and later in her thirties finding out she was adopted, Christine has embraced God’s love to find hope and healing. She is director of Equip & Empower Ministries and co-founder of the anti-human trafficking organization The A21 Campaign. Christine and her husband, Nick, live with their two daughters in California and Australia. Visit her ministry’s website.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles. Contact Whitney at: angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer. 

Publication date: October 1, 2012