Is God Calling You
to be a Missionary?
Why does being a missionary interest you? What is prompting you to think about giving your life to serve God as a missionary? Is it the right thing for you?
There are lots of reasons why people would like to be missionaries. I think the only really valid one is that you firmly believe that God wants you to serve Him as a missionary. How can you be sure? How can any of us be sure? Here are a couple of steps I would suggest. They are things that Sandra and I did before making our decision.
Wherever you live, you have the same problems and chores you did where you used to live. Maybe more. You have to shop, and cook and wash clothes just like before. The difference is that in most countries there are no ready to heat foods which means cooking is a pretty drawn out affair, and in some countries there are not even any washing machines. You have the same amount of work but it takes much longer. You have less leisure time. If you live in the two-thirds world polution is often out of control. Pretty soon you find out that being a missionary isn't as romantic as you first thought.
Some people want to become missionaries in order to escape from someone or something. You know, the harder we try to run away from something, the harder it seems to escape it. You can't run away from a problem. It will go with you wherever you go. Our problems follow us. We often use Jonah as an example of the futility of trying to run away from God. Jonah tried very hard but soon understood he couldn't run away from God. Trying to run away from problems is very similar. You can't. You might hide for a while, but that doesn't solve anything. So don't decide to become a missionary in order to run away from a problem. It will probably only make the problem worse.
I don't think there is anyone who thinks that being a missionary is
a lucrative decision, a great money making opportunity, but just in case
there is, let me bring you back to reality. Missionaries don't make
a lot of money. Most pastors make a lot more, with fewer headaches.
So, Why Would I Become a Missionary?
I became a missionary because I firmly believe God wanted me to be a missionary. Sandra and I prayed a lot about it and were sure that was what the Lord wanted for us. And to be honest, I love it. I love it because I am doing what God wants me to do. When we live within God's design for our life, then we can love life and enjoy life, even if things are tough.
Have you read Jesus' words in John 10: 9-10. I like the way it
appears in the New American Standard Bible. It says,
“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved,
Do you believe God wants you to be a missionary?
If God is calling, don't say no. Begin to pray in earnest asking God where He wants you to serve Him and with which organization. Ask you parents, friends, pastors, elders and deacons to pray with you. No, you probably won't get to see much of the world, just a little part of the country where you serve God, but you will have the truly abundant life God has in store for you.
If you would you like to read a little more about how God Calls People
to be Missionaries Click
Can we help you with your Questions?
You can write me, Gary Clow, if you would like, or Sandra, and one of us will try and answer your questions. Or, you can write to one of the people in our mission offices who probably can give you a lot more answers than can I. Just click on the name of whomever you would like to write.
Michele Allan at World Team in Canada
Mobilizer at World Team in the USA
Brian Billing at World Team in Australia