Read: 2 Peter 1:1-11
Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel and baptise them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19). Jesus wants His children to evangelize and spread the gospel to all the world. Jim Elliot and his five missionary friends were called to evangelize among the Auca Indians in Ecuador. They were killed by the Auca Indian tribe. Prior to Jim Elliot’s death, he had written in his journal, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Later, his wife Elizabeth Elliot returned to the Auca Indians and shared the gospel with them. The very people who killed her husband later accepted Jesus as their personal Saviour. The dedication of Jim Elliot and the missionary friends prompted many other brothers and sisters in Christ to give up their life for missions’ work. Jesus said, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Luke 9:24).
When Jesus called His disciples, He said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19). They gave up their fishing nets at once and followed Him (Matt. 4:20). The disciples really didn’t understand the meaning of giving up their profession at that time. It was after the ascension of Jesus that they realised their real calling of what it meant to deny oneself, take up the cross and follow Jesus.
If you are called by God to serve for missions’ work, do you accept His call or deny it? There might be struggles or lack of certainty regarding what to do. God will shape you and build you through His Scripture. Paul the apostle knew the Scriptures in a way that he could prove to the Jews that Jesus was the Promised Messiah. If you are called to be a useful worker in God’s vineyard, He will bless you with gifts that can be useful for His service (1 Pet. 4:10-11). God will be in control of everything once you make the decision to be a partaker in His mission. Are you willing to be a part in His mission work?