God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow him.
Hudson Taylor was the founder of the China Inland Mission. He is one of the most influential missionaries. His story can be read in many places, one of the most widely read text is a book about his spiritual life: Spiritual Secrets.
One of the phrases that missionaries tired of hearing sounds something like this: “I could never do what you do.” Now, the people who say this mean well. They are usually trying to encourage the missionary or even communicate respect and admiration. But the missionary knows that she is not hero. Missionaries are simply Christians who believe God has called them into a particular type of service. Missionaries are not super saints, we are simply obedient Christians.
Hudson Taylor’s quote above communicates this reality very well. It is the responsibility, and the joy, of every Christian to obey God’s call. This obedience might lead you to a foreign land. It might lead you to serve in a local church. It might lead you into the business world or to stay at home and raise godly boys and girls. However, what it can never lead you to do is stay as you are because “everyone else is doing it.” Our challenge is to seek the Lord’s leadership and guidance for our lives. It is to make obedience to Jesus our marching order.
Have you stopped to ask God, “What would you have me do?”
Have you prayed, “Lord, show me where to go and I will follow?”
Father, Today, I offer myself to you. I am not hero. My faith is weak. BUT – I want to obey. Make your will clear to me and give me the faith to obey.
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