When thinking back over my call to become a missionary, I am reminded of a verse in Ecclesiastes that says, “God put eternity into the hearts of men” (my paraphrase of 3:11). When I was a child, I had an uncle ask me one day what I wanted to be when I grew up, and out of nowhere, I blurted out, “A missionary!” Even from that young age, God had put eternity into my heart.
Years later, as I was traveling through the U.S. with a buddy, we drove through the Navajo Reservation. I remember seeing these people that had no way to get where they were going, unless someone stopped to offer them a lift. I remember seeing where they were coming from and where they were headed to, and it broke my heart to see the poverty, emptiness, and brokenness that was written on their faces. I cried and cried and cried.
Now, 60 years later, that calling is still as strong today as ever. It has never faded; it has never waned; it has never gone away. If I had an eternity to live on this earth, I would spend it being a missionary, for I could not do anything other than what God has called me to do! God has given me eyes to see those who are headed somewhere, and to stop and offer them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are all headed to an eternal destination. If I can share the Gospel of Jesus and point people to an eternal hope, an eternal purpose, and an eternal Savior, then I know I have done what God has called me to do.
The reason so many miss the call to become a missionary is that they are waiting for God to move mountains, to write out their destiny in the clouds, and to shake the earth with the revelation of what He wants them to do. But, so many times the call of God is found in the little things … the daily things … the things that are all around us, if we would just stop and open our eyes to see. David began as a shepherd and ended as a king. Joseph began as a prisoner only to save the lives of thousands. Christ began as a babe only to become the Name Above All Names. Your start may be small, but your calling is given by God Almighty Himself.
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