Will You Go?
“Not called!” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Then look Christ in the face—whose mercy you have professed to obey—and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.
— William Booth
If it is God’s desire that the whole world would hear the glorious message of the gospel (and I think it is), then the only limitation of that desire is the complete surrender of God’s people. Reaching the world with the Gospel is not an option; it is our mission.
Every year, we set aside time to examine our hearts, making certain we are still aligned with that mission. We know the scripture by heart, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” but Paul asks the convicting question: “How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?” Hearing the name Jesus Christ which is the only name “under heaven…whereby we must be saved,” is a luxury we often take for granted. Many in the world desperately need to hear the good news before they slip into eternity.
Paul’s next question is, “How shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent?” This is the question you must answer this week. Envision the lives represented by each national flag and their need for a messenger. How will you get the message of salvation to them?
There are two possibilities and you must seriously consider both: Will you be the messenger? Will you send the messenger? The correct answer to both questions is, “Yes!” Being the messenger may be in a land oceans away, or it may be in your neighborhood. Sending the messenger may require a sacrifice of comfort and convenience. Whatever the path God leads you along, may your answer always be, “Yes, Lord!” The world has no greater need than to hear us “declare his glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people” (Psalm 96:3). Will you go?
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