Acts 16:10 (NKJV) Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
The Apostle Paul had seen a vision. God called them to preach the gospel in Macedonia, And they immediately made plans to go there. On this missionary trip, Doctor Luke joins Paul, Silas and Timothy. And from here on Doctor Luke records the events as an eyewitness. These four, and perhaps others, crossed over into Europe to preach the gospel. My friends, all believers are called to ministry. For the Great Commission applies to all believers. You see, every believer is part of the Body of Christ. And everyone has a role as part of the Body of Christ to minister to others. But how do you know if God is calling you to preach the gospel? Frist examine your heart. Is your motivation from God? Or is it a personal desire? Or is someone pushing you in that direction? Make sure that your motivation is not personal or too please people. Make sure your motivation is not to become a better Christian. For you can be light and salt to the world at home, at work, and at school. Your actions and attitude can demonstrate the heart of the gospel to many who are watching you. The way you live your life is more powerful than any sermon from the pulpit. For putting your faith into action is a faith that saves. So, make sure your motivation to be a missionary, or a minister is from God. Second, while not a necessity for God can always equip you after your calling, but consider the gifts, talents and experiences that you have. Do you already have the gifts, talents and experiences that will be useful in the mission, or ministry in which you think God is calling you. If you don’t, then you may want to pause and give it more consideration. Or if you feel strongly that God is calling you for that mission, or ministry then pray that God will equip you for it. And start building those skills and get more hands-on experience. Third, make sure the mission, or ministry is something that you will enjoy. Yes, we are to make sacrifices for Christ, but God does not want us to be miserable. You must have joy in living out your calling. And finally, another area that is helpful is your past life experiences. Can you relate to the people because you have gone through what they are going through? This is another way in which God prepares you for a certain mission, or ministry. My friend, when you are deciding whether or not you are called into a specific mission, or ministry consider the fact that you will be judged more strictly. You will be highly regarded and most often highly criticized. So, consider what it will involve, be strong and courageous, and above all trust in God. God will equip you and fill you with the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you. He will prepare your way. And one last thing, just simply step out in faith, for God is faithful to put you on the right path.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.