Intended to provide spiritual encouragement by reflecting on the words of great men and women of the past concerning the missionary task
“I am needed in China . . . and I am going to run a different race there.”
Eric Liddell was an Olympic gold medal winner who served as a missionary in China. His story was popularized in the movie Chariots of Fire.
What were you made for? There is great power in knowing your purpose and your calling. God is the ruler of the universe and it is true that no sparrow or hair falls without his knowledge. However, have you ever stopped to realize that God’s purposes are achieved through people. The fulfillment of God’s mission rests on us hearing and courageously obeying his call.
Eric Liddell knew God’s purpose for his life and he pursued it with courage and tenacity. He heard God’s call and refused to be distracted by the sirens of his age. As we pursue God and his call on our lives there will always be distractions, crowds cheering us to run a different race. Consider the words of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings: “All that is gold does not glitter.” God’s calling is gold. Hear it. Pursue it. Hold fast to it. Refuse the glitter of fool’s gold. God’s mission is a need worth running after. The nations need to hear, and how can they hear without someone telling them. (Romans 10:14)
Lord of the Harvest, grant me ears to hear Your call. Help me keep focused on Your mission and keep me blind to the glittering distractions of this age. Use me for Your will because in you are the path of life and joy. (Psalm 16:11)
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com