Call and Guidance

There is a difference between a call to missions and the guidance to fulfill it. Many feel a passion for the nations long before they sense a burden for a specific place, people group, religious worldview, language group, or specific ministry. As we say yes to His call, God begins to shape and influence our lives through experiences, relationships, and events.

We must remember that our lives consist of God-provided seasons in which God grows and matures us. Some pastors began their ministries as a youth pastor and later transitioned later to another church as associate pastor before accepting a position as senior pastor at yet another church. Their call to ministry is understood as a lifelong call, but the guidance to fulfill it varies in many ways.

Likewise, some missionaries arrive on the field and find God leading them to another place, position, or type of missions ministry throughout the rest of their lives. They remain burdened for the nations – God’s gifts and calling are irrevocable – but they follow His dynamic leading for life. Some missionaries quit seeking His guidance once they arrive on the field and can therefore only sing, Wherever He Led I Went.

We would do well to remember that the hymn challenges us to sing, Wherever He Leads I’ll Go. The call to missions is for life, but the many way to fulfill it are dynamic and changing. How do you recognize His leading and guidance? We’ll explain that next time. Stay tuned.

Dr. David Sills

Dr. David Sills is the founder and president of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, a missions professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, speaker, and author.

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