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Are You Called? (Part 1 of 3) (by Ben Johnson)

It seems at every event our mission board hosts that there is one question that is frequently asked: “How do I know if I am called to the mission field?” The question is asked because when we speak of whether or not someone is called into the ministry; it is sometimes a confusing and foggy subject. But I believe that this confusion is not from God and that the Bible is very clear about the call and I hope to answer that biblically.

The best place to perhaps start on the subject is in the book of Acts. Specifically, Paul’s call to Macedonia in Acts 16:6-10. There are three main parts to this brief story in Scripture: We see their willingness in 6-8, their vision in verse 9 and their actions in verse 10.

To start, we must look at the first 3 verses of the text: Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, after they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.

acts 16 6Paul was trying to get into Asia. He tried to go two different places but yet God prohibited him each time. Certainly Paul had a great missionary vision and he wanted to get the Gospel to the world but it must have been frustrating to try to go somewhere but constantly being stopped. It was because God had bigger plans.

Here we see our first key to the call: willingness.

Sometimes people wonder why God is not calling more missionaries and I believe it is because no one is willing to even surrender to the fact that they could be one. Paul here was trying to go. He knew his job was to go but he was being stopped. Most Christians never make it that far. They stay put because they do not believe God has called them to go but they are not willing to go in the first place.

The first step in figuring our whether you should go to the mission field is to be truly willing and trying to do so. If the thought of moving overseas and learning a new language both terrifies you and causes you to not want to go, then you are not truly willing. Until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross to do whatever God has for you; you will never fulfill all that God wants you to do.

 

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