I wasn’t God’s first choice for what I’ve done for China. I don’t know who it was. It must have been a well-educated man. I don’t know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn’t willing and God looked down and saw Gladys Aylward. And God said – “Well, she’s willing.”

Gladys Aylward

Gladys Aylward served as a missionary in China. When the Japanese forces invaded China, at the beginning of the second world war, she led over a hundred orphans into the mountains for protection. Throughout her ministry many Chinese hear the gospel and trusted Christ. Her commitment to the gospel and the Chinese people is captured in the book “The Small Woman” and in the movie, “Inn of the Sixth Happiness.”

The Prophet Isaiah was so consumed by the glory of the Lord that he cried out, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Are you willing to serve the Lord? Do your prayers end with you raising your hand, volunteering to follow wherever the Lord will lead you?

Moses heard the call of God and said, “… I am slow and hesitant in speech…. Please Lord send someone else.” The Lord reminded Moses that He knew Moses and He was the one who created his mouth. Moses went on to become one of the greatest men in the Bible. Do your prayers end with you saying, “Lord I can’t do that?”

Gladys Aylward reminds us that God uses anyone, who will obey, to achieve his purposes. Of course we should strive to be the best we can be. We should study, learn, practice, seek to improve; however, at the end of the day, it is the Lord who produces fruit. We know that our God is a missionary God. We know that he has given us the commission to make disciples of all nations. Perhaps the only thing lacking today is your willingness to follow.

Lord, may it never be said of me that I was unwilling to obey. At times I am afraid and confused. But Lord Jesus take me and use me for your mission. Here I am, Send me.

Scott Hildreth Administrator
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
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