Your Place in Missions
When God places His call on your life, one of the questions you will need to answer is: “Where has God called me to serve?” Finding God’s place for you in missions can be a challenge, but it does not have to be. If you consider a few Biblical principles, the answer to this question will not be so mysterious.
- If God has called you to the work of missions, be patient and let Him guide you to your place in missions.God’s call to the work has been made clear to you. Spend more time on what is clear and less time on what is not yet clear to you. Focus on the work He has revealed to you, and He will guide you to the place of His call. If you are doing the what of your calling, God will take care of directing you to the where of that calling. However, if you have not obeyed the call to the work of missions why should God show you the place of missions?Do not search the Scriptures for the place of your call; search them for the work of your call. The work to which God has called you can be found in the Bible, but not the specific place of that call. The work given to us in the Bible, to which God has called you, is the same wherever He may send you. The work is the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20. The place is to the ends of the earth.
- The first place of God’s call is a place of preparation.Understand that there is a time of preparation involved with God’s call. In Acts 10, before God showed Peter that he was to go to Caesarea to preach to the Gentile crowd gathered at the Roman centurion Cornelius’ house, Peter had to go through a period of preparation. God had to prepare Peter’s heart for the people group He would lead him to before revealing to Peter the place of his call.Though it is true that God prepares the man for the place, more so God prepares the man for the work.“That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” II Timothy 3:17
Concentrate more on preparing for the work of missions, and less on the place of missions until He shows you where He is leading you to do that work. Do not be so consumed by not knowing where you are to go that you lose focus of the preparation that is involved for the work to which He has called you. You can prepare for the work God has called you to do without knowing the place of your calling. Do not forfeit the time of preparation because you do not know the place of service.
- When God shows you the place of His call, do not lose sight of the work to which He has called you.Being in the place God has called you will not make you what you should be. It is fulfilling the work to which He has called you in the place He has called you that will make you what you should be.Even though there will be sacrifice involved with leaving your home and serving in a foreign land, this does not excuse you from doing the work you have been called to do. The sacrifice that is involved by being in the place of God’s call does not justify your failure to fulfill the work of your call.
- Do not let your emotions determine the place of God’s call.If Elijah had followed his emotions, he probably would not have left Israel to go to Zarephath to minister to a widow and her son. Jonah was not excited to leave his home country and go to Ninevah and preach to a nation that was hostile towards his people. Emotionally, it had to have been difficult for Philip to leave the great revival that was taking place in Samaria to go witness to only one man in the desert. In the end, the reward was great, and God’s timing was perfect. But if Philip had followed his emotions instead of God’s leading, the Ethiopian eunuch may not have been saved and baptized.Too often a missionary serving in the place of God’s calling who is not doing the work of his call gets discouraged and assumes that the place is the problem. Over a period of time the missionary can become discouraged because the place where he is does not produce much fruit. However, it is not the place that produces fruit. It is God’s work through you that produces fruit. If you are doing God’s work, He will take care of giving the fruit. Never suppose that a lack of fruit is an indication that you are in the wrong place.
- While you wait for God to show you the place, fulfill the work that He has called you to do where you are.In Acts 13:2, Paul and Barnabas did not wait to be sent to the mission field before they started to do the work God had for them. “As they ministered to the Lord,”the Holy Spirit directed them to the place they were to go to fulfill the work they had been called to do.At four years of age my wife was “the mission field” when a Bible college student found her and brought her to church on the bus. A few years later, a second Bible college student paid for her to attend the Christian school. Incidentally, both college students were called to missions. If they had waited until they were in the place to which they were called to do the work of their calling, my wife may not have been reached.If you are preparing to go to a place that God has yet to reveal to you, do not wait until He shows you the place to fulfill the work He has called you to do. Fulfill God’s call wherever He has you at the present time, and He will guide you to the place He would have you to go.
God may not reveal the place if you are not doing the work that He has already revealed to you. Or maybe He has not revealed the place because He knows that you would focus more on the place than on the work and miss the benefit of the preparation in the place He has you now. If you are not doing what you ought to do where God has you now, being where you ought to be will not make you do what you ought to be doing.
Stay faithful to the Lord and His work for you today, and let Him guide you to His place for your tomorrow!