I wrote the following years ago to explain to young men how to do know God’s call on their life. People often want to know what I teach and think about God’s call. I felt it might be good to dig up something old that i taught over 30 years ago that I still believe today. I welcome your comments.
Did you have an intense all consuming desire for the work of God?
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. I Timothy 3:1.
It is not natural to want to be a missionary. The thought may cross many people’s minds but the truth is that it is only a fleeting thought quickly and easily dismissed by most. It is God who has worked in us both to will (or to put a desire in us that is not natural to us) and do his good pleasure. God placed something in our heart that we could not get away from.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13
Many of us were afraid. Many of us doubted but He did something in us. Don’t you dare doubt that when the trouble comes. Don’t you doubt in the night what God gave you in the light. This desire was so great we couldn’t get it out of our hearts and minds.
Did God place a “necessity” on you? Did you feel the “woe”?
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! I Corinthians 9:16.
I don’t know what happens, but it seems that one day we are happy in our lives and churches and then something just happens. It may have started with a message from our pastor or a Sunday School lesson. It could have started in a missions conference or reading a book. It may have been something that someone said but it happened. It doesn’t happen to most folks but it did to you. All of a sudden you felt like you couldn’t get away. It may have started as only a passing thought. It was kind of romantic. It was neat to think about but it didn’t go away. Almost everyone has thought about being a missionary, but they get over it. You didn’t because you are different. You are called of God.
Did your “heart stir you up”?
And Moses called Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whose heart the LORD had put wisdom, even every one whose heart stirred him up to come unto the work to do it: Exodus 36:2.
No one can explain it. It is different with everyone, but something happened. You knew it then and even in the worst of times you will need to remember it. When it gets tough and the Devil is on your back you are going to need to remember this. You didn’t choose it. He chose you. He put the unnatural but spiritual desire in your heart. He put a “necessity on you.” He put the “woe on you.” He “stirred up your heart.” Don’t let anyone or anything rob you of that. Don’t let yourself, a “friend”, or the Devil try to explain it away. It is the most precious gift we have in our personal ministry and walk with God. He called me!
Others can see the hand of God on my life and ministry.
He put the burden on me but He also has helped me live a life that met the requirements of the ministry. He gave me the ability. I went before my pastor and he could see that in me. A group of Godly men have examined me and they can see it. Not only do I think that God called me but others recognize it in me. God has placed His hand on me. I feel very humble when I think about it but the God of Heaven has counted me worthy and put me in His ministry. One of the wonderful things about it is that I am not the only one who thinks so. You wouldn’t be here today unless God had impressed on others that you have been called of God. You had to prove your call. You had to let others see it and they did.
I believe God has called me or I wouldn’t sitting here right now.
Now you will travel all around the country while literally thousands more evaluate your call. You will have to believe it or you can’t keep telling people over and over. God called me. God called me. Don’t you forget it when it gets rough. Never make a major decision during times of discouragement and problems.
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9
God has confirmed or will be confirming His call in you.
He opened doors for you in your church, at the mission, in other churches, and in the work. He called you. Never, never forget it. Hold on. He that called you will see you through.
God’s call is what holds me when I get down.
I often think of quitting. I often get tired but then I remember. I am not in Peru because I want to be. I am not going as a missionary because I am a good guy. I am not there because I like it. I didn’t choose to go He called me. I would be afraid to do anything less. When I get down I just remember, (I try to forget), but it is still there I came here under orders. I do not want to embarrass my God, my Calling, my Church, my Mission Board. I will stay. I will not allow myself to think of other things. I will not try to rationalize it. I will not try to figure a way out of it. I will get a hold of God. He sent me He has to help me stay. For 30 years now He has not failed me and He won’t fail you. He has a job for you to do and He will give you more grace and help if you will just allow Him to do so
God’s plan for my life is based on the following
- My relationship to God
- My motivation which should be my relationship to God
- God’s will for my life will be based on the gifts and abilities that He has given me
- As I do God’s will each day in my life where I am then God will show me where He wants me to be
- I need not be worried about knowing the where until I really know the who, the what, and the how.
- As I prepare myself God will open the doors.
- My part is to do all I know to do based on what the Word of God says until God makes it clear to me all the other details
- God chose to call us. God has allowed us to preach the Gospel. God has entrusted His Word to us. He shed His blood and has entrusted His Holy Word to us.