I got a call the other day from a person I had never met. He was a leader in Montana and invited me to come and speak at a conference they were having in a few months. Now, I don’t know anybody in Montana. I had never been and had no real plans to go, but my schedule was open and I had made a commitment that as my schedule allows I would go and speak wherever I was asked. So I said yes.
That is kind of the way the gospel reached Philippi. The apostle Paul got a call from a man and he responded. Acts 16 tells us the story, in verses 9-10: “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’ And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.’ ”
I don’t compare myself to Paul, and neither should you, but I wonder if you have ever heard from God to go and do something? Maybe not as dramatic as Montana, or Macedonia, but maybe somebody at church is asking you to serve in some way, or you have been asked to go on a mission trip . . . While I am not saying you should say yes to every invitation, I think if the request has to do with sharing the gospel it is something you should seriously consider.
I wish Montana was the only invitation I received recently, but I had another one which is much more intense and scary which I am praying over and probably going to say yes. So, just be ready, you never know when or where the Lord may call you to go but just be ready with a yes.
“And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”
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