As missionaries, we are faced with issues every day. These issues can be seen in one of two ways. It can be a PROBLEM or an OPPORTUNITY. The difference between a problem and an opportunity is in how we view it. Elisabeth Elliot is quoted as saying, “A life lived in God is not lived on the plane of feelings, but of the will.” I believe that this defines our view. If I am looking at a challenge with my feelings it usually turns into a problem. If I am looking at a challenge with a determination to do God’s will it usually turns into an opportunity.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I must trust Him and put His will at the center of my life. Jesus can never be #2. His calling on my life can’t come “next” to other priorities of life. God must always be in the first position. I am compelled to take up my cross and follow Him daily. And as each day brings a new cross to bear, it is an opportunity to serve Christ. As I sacrifice my will to His will, I can follow my calling to help others know about Jesus.
There is a crucial question that needs to be answered each time we meet someone. Hannah Whitall Smith put it like this: “…do you yet have a personal acquaintance with Him?” The answer to this question has determined the course and direction of my life. It has added quality and joy to my life.
I want to live Micah 6:8: “He [God] has shown you, O man, what is good; and what the LORD requires of you; to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Simply put I want to live justly, to love and show mercy and to always serve humbly before my God.