For review, to know the call of God, first there must be a willingness to do whatever He asks. Secondly, we must look to the Bible to see God’s vision for the world and also must look at the world to see places that need the Gospel. Finally, we see the results of this call: their actions.
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. – Acts 16:10
There was first an immediate action taken on their part. It says that as soon as they realized the vision, they went. This is where I add my disclaimer: Paul at this point in his life and ministry was already trained and doing the ministry. For most, upon realizing they should be missionaries, they need to go and get good training. I do not mean Bible college alone. I mean practical, ministry experience. If you aren’t sure what that is; go to ogtc.info to find out more.
Whether needing training or not, delay is never the option. There are things that need to be done. We cannot sit and wait and wonder when to go; we need to take action. For us to pause only causes us to become more entangled in this life and less likely to make it to the mission field. I know this because I have seen it happen.
We also see that they had a confirmation. With all this stuff going on, it says they assuredly gathered that the Lord called us for to preach the gospel. The phrase assuredly gathered is a very logical term. Again, most Christians when they speak of being called, they mean an emotional experience. It is not to say that emotions are not involved, but that is not our basis of our call.
They laid out what had happened just like a mathematician would lay out that two plus two assuredly makes four. It is easy to get caught up in the emotions of a moment but that will never keep someone one the mission field. Our confirmation should be laying out the facts, seeing what Scripture says and acting upon it.
There is nothing wrong with simply putting the facts together to realize that we are called. A call based solely on emotions often does not carry people in the ministry. Many “called” missionaries either never make it to the field or never make it to the second term. I believe that much of it has to do with more emotions than assuredly gathering.
So the question then is are you called? Are you willing to go anywhere? Do you see the need from Word of God and around the world? Maybe then now is the time to put all those facts together and take action for the next step.