Daily Word #19: How Do You Know Your Being Called As A Missionary? Part 1
Some people might think they’re being called by God as a missionary, so how can they know for sure?
On Mission Now?
Let's imagine for a moment, you've accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, you've been regularly attending church, but recently you have come to that place where you feel a calling. That calling may be, that you believe that God is calling you to be a missionary. But first, before booking your ticket and packing a bag, there's one question you must first consider. Have you been on mission for Christ in your community, at your workplace, at church or wherever you may go? If you have not been boldly sharing the gospel yet, you are probably not ready to be a missionary because it is very unlikely, that we can remain silent about the gospel all our born-again life's and then expect God to call us to be to full-fledged missionary.
Jeremiah the Prophet couldn’t keep quiet. He described the passion to proclaim God’s Word like this:
“If I say, ‘I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,’ there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” -Jeremiah 20:9
Peter and John were told to stop spreading the news about Jesus, but yet they replied,
“we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20)
Is there that burning desire within you to share the gospel? Can you not hide the gospel within your heart and feel compelled to tell others about it? The word “woe” in the Bible is a word of judgment, so Paul goes so far as to say, “For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16b)!
Has God laid that “necessity” to be His witness in your heart? Paul said he had no choice but to preach, he could not help but proclaim Christ, and like Jeremiah, it was like a fire that was impossible to contain and he could not hold it in?
If you are not currently on mission where you feel most comfortable or find it difficult to speak about Christ, you might just not be called to be a missionary just yet.
Look out for part 2 for more.
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