Jesus is calling us…issuing a special invitation. Will you accept?
DON’T BE A SCARDY CAT“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20, NLT
Has God called you on a mission, and you’ve been afraid to move forward?
No? In Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT), Jesus spoke these words from His very own lips to our ears:“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Sister, that call is to all who accept Jesus as Savior. All of us are called to pass on His grace and forgiveness to others. We are to multiply. We are called to accept His mission as our mission.
I remember distinctly the morning God clarified His call on my life and on the mission He was giving me. Ten months before that day, I was sitting in one of the gathering areas at The Cove, the Billy Graham conference center in the mountains of North Carolina. That’s when I heard the infamous words, “It’s time,” deep in my heart. God called me to write and teach the lessons from Titus 2:3-5, as found in Living in a Zoo. But a mere ten months later, He clarified the call by telling me what I was to do with it.
Our home church was holding its annual Missions Conference where missionaries from around the world shared their ministries. Sunday morning, before Pastor Jake even began his message, I started to cry and had no idea why. Watching the Flags of the Nation’s ceremony, I blubbered and sniffed like a mad woman.
Then the pastor opened his Bible and began reading chapter one from I Thessalonians. Melting into a puddle of heartfelt submission, I heard verse four, “We know dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you…” Then I heard Him speak specifically to my heart: “I am calling you to full-time ministry to women and their families.” I wept, questioned, and doubted Him. He pulled me along, albeit kicking and screaming. Then He confirmed that call in too many ways to share in this short space.
His call to go and teach was the same call He has given to us all, not just us “full timers.” I became a Christian on May 5, 1972. From that day until the November 18, 2001, mission conference, my service was specifically in the local church. Going “full time” for me simply meant adding other locations and countries as He led the way. Not everyone receives the same call. His plan for our lives is specific; it may not look like anybody else’s. But it is His call nonetheless.
He is calling you, too. It may be the call to accept His forgiveness and invite Him into your life. If so, here is how: http://www.zookeepersministries.com/getting-to-know-christ/
Or His call may be to join Him on His mission to reach others with His hope. Click the link below, and let’s all join Michael W. Smith in a decision to give Him our hearts, our insecurities, and our fears, and let Him move us forward in the plan He has for our lives.
Your Traveling Companion,