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 How does God call people to give their lives in missions?

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PostSubject: How does God call people to give their lives in missions?   Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:46 pm

John Piper says, “He does it, along with other influences, by the
mysterious and wonderful awakening of fear-conquering desire for the
work through the preaching of his word. He does it by helping us count
the costs so there is no romantic naiveté about missions. And he does it
by filling us with a longing to know these blessings to the full”. I
would say that this is an accurate description of how God moves in the
heart and draws people to the special calling of missions. I would also
say that this is how God moved me so many years ago, first through the
ministry in Mexico, later in Argentina and ultimately in my sorority in
college. All “foreign” lands, all needing the love and truth of God and
His word.
I was recalling this morning my commissioning the Sunday
before I left home to give two years of my life to this calling, when I
was asked, “Why do this? Why give two years of your life to this
work?” I remember my response clearly – that beyond God moving
circumstances and drawing me to this ministry, the greatest reason was
that 60 years from now I didn’t want to look back on my life and wish I
had done more. I used to be passionate, full of vision and possibility,
not thinking about the risks but of the blessings. Maybe my response
to Brian’s question two years ago was cliché, but it was true in my
heart.
Now with only five weeks remaining in Peru I look back over my
time and can’t help but to reflect and give an account of the two years
I’ve spent in this church-planting ministry. Someone asked me once not
long ago to describe in a nutshell my time in Peru. And as I thought
about the question and gave my response, I couldn’t help but feel a bit
discouraged at how I summed up my time here.
My missions experience
in Peru has been passionless obedience, for the sake of obedience, to
God’s call and God’s design on my life.
Where did that wide-eyed,
passionate and visionary little girl go? Deep down I believe she is
still there, but why did she leave me when I most wanted her to be
present? As I think over my time here I have to admit that I am
somewhat ashamed of my selfish grumblings and negative attitude driven
mainly by dissatisfaction with where I am now that my formal ministry
responsibilities have ended. I’m tired, physically, emotionally,
mentally and spiritually and when it comes down to it, I just don’t want
to be here anymore. How’s that for a super un-spiritual confession?

This
morning I listened to a sermon by John Piper entitled “I Am Sending You
Out as Sheep in the Midst of Wolves”. He preached on the passage of
Matthew 10:16-31, and addresses the dangers, and the blessings of living
out a calling to frontier missions. As he spoke and dissected the
passage, as the blessings greatly outweighed the dangers I was convicted
of my selfishness and lack of desire to be here. He notes that the
first blessing is “The Blessing of Being Sent by Christ” – what a great
privilege to be called by Christ and sent by Him to do a good work.
What a great privilege. How must Christ feel by my dissatisfaction of
this great privilege?
I was speaking to my mom the other day and
was struck when she reminded me that God’s timing always has purpose,
that there is always reason behind when we leave and when we come home.
She was right, and I needed to be reminded of that. I have five weeks
left and I now am faced with a choice to continue living these last
days grumbling about how I would rather be home with my family, friends
and fiancé for Christmas, or I can remember the blessings of being here,
I can pray with all my might that God would reignite the passion I once
felt for missions and I can move forward in forgiveness and grace
remember that God has reason behind His timing.
I humbly ask for your
prayers in these final weeks that I would choose to be “the better
man”, and press on in spite of missing my loved ones during the
holidays, in spite of being tired, and in spite of feeling unworthy to
be here. Pray that I would take every opportunity to share the love of
Christ with those I am around and that I would not waste a single minute
that I remain a missionary of Jesus Christ.
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