DATE : Thursday 23 October 2014
And they went forth, and preached
every where, the Lord working with
them, and confirming the word with
signs following. Amen.
Mark 16:20
Read: Acts 13:1–5
1 Now there were in the church that
was at Antioch certain prophets and
teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon
that was called Niger, and Lucius of
Cyrene, and Manaen, which had
been brought up with Herod the
tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord,
and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for
the work whereunto I have called
3 And when they had fasted and
prayed, and laid their hands on
them, they sent them away.
4 So they, being sent forth by the
Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia;
and from thence they sailed to
5 And when they were at Salamis,
they preached the word of God in
the synagogues of the Jews: and
they had also John to their minister.
PROVERBS 15:25-16:5
Missions can be defined as God
specifically sending a person to
reach the unreached for him. The
unreached are those people who
have not heard the gospel
sufficiently enough to be taken over
for Christ. The sender is God, and the
personality sent is the missionary.
The unreached can be within the
environment of the missionary or in
faraway lands. A Call is imperative
for missionary work. The missionary
call is just like any other call to
Christian service. Many people have
shipwrecked their lives because they
were not sure of God’s call upon
their life. If you are sure of God’s call
upon your life, you will not be
tossed to and fro by all shades of
doctrine. Being called to be a
missionary is by God’s grace; it does
not follow a stereotyped style.
Factors underlying God’s call include
acknowledging and receiving a
claim of ownership by Christ. You
must acknowledge divine
ownership upon your life and
develop an understanding of God’s
will and have the willingness to do
it. You should also develop
sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s voice
by having an open mind, an
attentive ear and a pure heart. In
addition, you should be active in
God’s service. A missionary call does
not necessarily come through a
special revelation. The call can come
through a casual remark by a friend
or neighbour about the heathen. It
can be through a letter received
from a missionary or through
reading extracts from an article,
book or periodical. It can be through
a hymn, an anointed message,
counselling from an anointed leader
or through divinely orchestrated
circumstances. Are you prepared to
answer the missionary call?
A missionary should be physically fit
to withstand adverse situations such
as mosquitoes, bad climates,
diseases, poor public sanitation and
poor medical services. Also, a
prospective missionary should at
least be at the level of his or her
audience. In other words, a
missionary must be adequately
educated to reach the highest of all
the educated folks in the mission
field and should be able to meet and
discuss with other missionaries at
their level. To excel as a missionary,
you need a charming personality
that is emotionally stable. You
should also be able to adapt to the
culture and food of other people.
There is equally the need for you to
be patient and persevering. A
missionary should be versatile. He or
she should also be submissive to
God, the mission board and to his or
her superior officers. Finally,
whoever wishes to be a missionary
should have a thorough experience
of salvation, sanctification and the
baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Action Point:
For success on the field, every
missionary should ask for the gifts
of the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and ask
for these gifts now.


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