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Missions and Answering God's Call

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 "While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him."  Matthew 4:18-20

 

We are presented with a myriad of opportunities to serve the Lord in a missions setting. Whether it is a short-term local “Love Loud” project, a North American church planting partnership or even an international experience. We all have opportunities to be obedient to the call to be Great Commission Christians.

I know that others wrestle with a call to a more long-term commitment of missionary service. However, whether the call is short term or life long we all wrestle with responding to that call in a way that honors the Lord. A lot of people just feel like God couldn’t use them because they haven’t had formal training or perhaps they feel like it’s too late to pursue that formal training. Others try to justify their lack of responsiveness by siting their financial shortcomings or perhaps even a lack of time. One thing we know for sure if we’ll trust God He can turn trepidation into enthusiasm.

Notice the response we see in our text to Jesus call to follow Him in becoming fishers of men – v.20 “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” Again in v.22 “Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.” Can you hear the average church member today, “But Jesus, surely you don’t expect me to just drop what I’m doing and join your mission. How will I feed my family?” Or could you imagine hearing James and John saying, “Jesus, this is our family business, I just can’t walk out on my father like this. I have people depending on me.” In each of these situations when the call was issued there was no request for time to pray about it. When the call comes from God you know it’s His will and all He expects is obedience and surrender.

Each and every one of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ will be held accountable for how we answer the call. The interesting thing we often miss is that the same God who issues this call and has it all planned out is the very One who will equip us to fulfill that calling. To turn your back on this calling is in essence telling God that He doesn’t know what He’s doing. To embrace this call leads to a lifetime of blessing and joy.

Remember that I told you mission opportunities are all around us. You don’t have to necessarily cross an ocean to do missions work. Your call could be across town to serve a meal or across the country to help someone who’s life has been devastated by a tornado; or it could be to go to a foreign land and help preach the gospel in a different language. The bottom line is we are on mission when we obey whatever it is God has called us to do. Are you answering the call today?

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