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A Missionary Call

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Loyal
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 11:11 p.m. – The Lord Jesus put in mind the song “It All Depends.” Speak, Lord, your words to my heart. I read several scriptures (in the ESV) on the subject of the call of God on our lives.

Send Me (Isaiah 6:8-9a)

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go, and say to this people…”

A Christian missionary is called of God, a disciple (follower) of Christ, and a messenger of God in sharing the gospel of our salvation and in teaching the Word of Truth (the Word of God) to the people of the world. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are all called to be missionaries in that we have all been called to be Christ’s witnesses and to make disciples of Christ of people of all nations, and we are all to proclaim the excellencies of him who called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. Also we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth, and we are to let our light - the light of Christ and of his gospel - shine before all people. The light is not to be hidden or kept only to ourselves (Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Pet. 2:9; Matt. 5:13-16).

When we trust in Jesus Christ to be Lord and Savior of our lives, and his Holy Spirit comes to live within us, we are gifted of the Spirit of God with spiritual gifts and we are given assignments by God within the body of Christ, his church, which we are to fulfill (See: Ro. 12; 1 Co. 12; Eph. 4). We have all been called to belong to Christ, to be holy, to be his saints, according to God’s purpose, by the will of God, into fellowship with Christ, by his grace, to freedom in Christ, to eternal life, and to share in the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings and for the sake of the gospel (various scriptures). Yet, we are each given specific assignments, as well, which God will reveal to us if we are listening to him (See: Psalm 139:16). So, when God speaks, we should listen, and we should respond, “Here I am, send me.”

God Appointed (Jeremiah 1:4-9a)

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,


“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”
Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth.

Before the creation of the world, we were chosen by God to be conformed to the image of Christ. We were called to a holy calling in Christ Jesus. And, we were chosen in Christ to be holy and blameless before him. All the days ordained for us by God were written in his book before one of them came into being (Ro. 8:29; 2 Tim. 1:8-9; Eph. 1:3-4; Ps. 139). God placed us in the wombs of our mothers, which means he placed us in the homes we were brought up in, even knowing the good and the bad that would happen to us. God is completely sovereign over all that he has made. He had a plan and a purpose for our lives even before he created the world. He knew us and he chose us and he called us to something very uniquely designed by God for us to do and to be.

God did not place us here on this earth so we could live life however we want, and so we can entertain ourselves and be entertained continuously by others. He has a mission for each one of us to fulfill. He has a specific assignment for us. He has somewhere he wants us to live and to go, and messages he wants us to give and people to whom he would have us minister the love, grace, and mercy of Christ, and with whom he would have us share the full gospel message of salvation. And, we don’t have to worry about whether or not we can do this, because if God is in it, and if he has called us, he will equip us, and he will give us all we need to do what he has called us to do. He will supply all we need, and he will go before us and prepare the way and guide our steps, and give us the words to speak.

A Servant and Witness (Acts 26:15-18)

“And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”

Perhaps you have been resisting his call on your life, because you want to live your life how you want, make all your own decisions, live where you want, and go about your day according to your own plans and purposes. Or, perhaps you only serve God on your own terms, and will only follow him if he doesn’t ask you to do anything that would involve much personal sacrifice. Yet, he may ask you to leave friends and loved ones behind to go to the regions beyond. Still, you may be among those who fear that if they listen to the Lord, and if they seek his will for their lives, that God may ask them to do something they don’t want to do, something that would take them into the unknown, or something that may get them majorly rejected, persecuted or even killed for their testimony for Christ and for his gospel.

So, he is calling us to take a stand for him, to not waver back and forth in our commitments, but to be faithful to him in service in being who he has called us to be, going where he wants us to go, and doing what he says. He is calling us to accept his call on our lives and to say “Here I am. Send me.” And, he promises to provide all we need to do the work of the ministry to which he has called us.

Yet, God has not called us to just be nice people and to make people feel good about themselves while they are still dead in their sins. He has called us to open blinded eyes, to turn them from darkness (sin, wickedness) to light (truth, Christ, righteousness) and from the power Satan has over their lives to God to walk in his ways. Then they will receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified (purified) by faith in Jesus Christ. So, we need to tell them the truth, for their eternity depends on it. Jesus died that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. If we say we have fellowship with God, but we walk (in lifestyle) in darkness (sin), we are liars. True faith in Jesus Christ results in being crucified with Christ in death to sin that we might live with Christ in newness of life, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Ro. 6:1-23; Eph. 4:17-24; 1 Jn. 1:5-9).

It All Depends
Jerry Nelson / Don Marsh

Would I leave the place
Where I have lived and settled down?
It all depends.
Break with my attachments,
Sentimental though they be?
It all depends.
Would I find myself uprooting
All the stakes I’ve driven down,
Leaving friends and loved ones far behind,
Captive to the call of some far off distant land?
I can only answer, that depends.

It all depends on where He needs me,
For where he leads me my feet must go.
It may be down an unfamiliar pathway
Or cross the mountains so bleak with snow.
His faithful hand will always guide me.
He’ll walk beside me, let come what may.
Why should I dread the night?
My faith has found its sight.
I’ll do his will through the rest of my life.
 
Active
Hi Sue just wondering in your life where has God called you? What kind of missions has God sent you on, has He sent you far?

Some people go all around the globe and some just need to stay in their own backyard. I think for many christians its the secular workplaces that are our mission field, but thats kind of not really touched upon in churches when they talk of missions, usually people talk of going to some remote country where you have to learn a whole nother language.
 
Loyal
Hi Sue just wondering in your life where has God called you? What kind of missions has God sent you on, has He sent you far?

Some people go all around the globe and some just need to stay in their own backyard. I think for many christians its the secular workplaces that are our mission field, but thats kind of not really touched upon in churches when they talk of missions, usually people talk of going to some remote country where you have to learn a whole nother language.
I have been in Christian ministry most of my life, since the age of 16, and I am now 67. I have sung in choirs, ensembles, duets, quartets, & praise teams. I have also directed a couple of music groups. I have taught the Bible to children, youth, college students, & women on and off over my lifetime, as well. I also served as church secretary at a couple of local fellowships. Then, in 1999 my husband and I were called to begin a Bible study out of our home to college age adults. We had a local 4 year university and a 2 year technical college which helped feed the group. My husband was the primary teacher, and I did more of the organization and planning for our gatherings. We did this ministry for 7.5 years. And, then it died out in May of 2006.

In the summer of 2004, the Lord called me to write out what he teaches me and to place it on the internet. It was not every day then like it is now. Then, when the college ministry ended in 2006, the Lord called me to write nearly daily what he teaches me from his word, and to place it on the internet. And, so I have been doing that the past 11 years. This is my mission field, and what I share goes out wherever people are able to read it across the globe, i.e. wherever the Lord sends it.

Lately, though, the Lord has called us to a new mission field. It is a change in states and cities, so this involves a physical move, so right now we are making those physical arrangements to go where he is sending us next. We are not sure exactly what he has for us there, but only that he is sending us, so we must go. The song quoted above expresses the call so well, because it definitely involves leaving family and friends behind. It will involve sharing the gospel with people, but it is the Lord who is directing this.
 
Active
Ooh thats exciting and a major change for you!
I think with internet being global you never know who you might reach and also case of writing and publishing books. But physically going somewhere different and not just for a couple of weeks takes a lot of faith, some people sell their homes, I think one couple in church are doing that but they had more than one home so they still have one to go back to though.

Will you publish any of your devotional writings in a printed book form? For those that dont have internet...
 
Loyal
Will you publish any of your devotional writings in a printed book form? For those that dont have internet...
The Lord has not led me to do that so far.

Ooh thats exciting and a major change for you!
I think with internet being global you never know who you might reach and also case of writing and publishing books. But physically going somewhere different and not just for a couple of weeks takes a lot of faith, some people sell their homes, I think one couple in church are doing that but they had more than one home so they still have one to go back to though.
We sold our house in May of 2016 to our youngest son and his wife. And, we moved back to our hometown (500 miles away from our kids and grandkids) because my husband retired and he wanted to have time with his parents before they died, and to help them where they needed help. His mom died 3 weeks before we got here, but he has had over a year with his dad and step-mom. Now we believe God is calling us to move someplace not familiar to us, but again 500 miles away from where we are presently located, but not where our kids or grandkids are located. So, this is a step of faith in just going where God is leading us, not knowing what awaits us when we get there. I know this is the will of God for us, and that he has a specific reason for sending us there at this time. So, you can pray for us, if you want, that God will work out all the details of this move and that we will follow his leading in all things.
 

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