All saints in the family of God are called to be in a one on one intimate personal relationship with God, working in unity with other saints and bound together by the truth of God’s Word, called to sow the seeds of His gospel message so others can know Him personally too. All spiritual saints work together; collectively for the spiritual good of all mankind, according to His will and way.
My responsibility or calling from God is not the same as His will for your life in regards to a particular spiritual job or talent used purposely for spreading His gospel message. We all share in the same calling but are given different expeditions upon the narrow pathway as we sojourn upon this earth. You may serve in the local church, another may serve overseas as a missionary, and I may serve God through the far reaching capability via the internet; yet we are all serving the same God and fulfilling His great commission to reach dry and thirsty souls in need of the gospel message.
Secondly, God does have a master plan in place, since the beginning of time, for the spread of His gospel message. The Bible contains all the holy blueprints needed for His saints, whom He has called forth, to begin a successful earthly ministry in His name. Stepping out willingly is the first obligation, according to God’s will, upon a man’s life. This first step is accomplished through a personal relationship with him nourished from within the confines or structure of a local church. This personal relationship is essential prior to heading out on a missionary journey into the many fields ready to harvest in this world.
There are examples of mankind; both saved saints and those not spiritually quickened alive, who have stepped out into the world based upon their own calling not of God’s calling. This bogus missionary journey is based upon their own resources, having no relationship or backing of any sort from a local church, to begin any earthly ministry.
The book of Acts is clear about the role of the local church in sending out missionaries:
Without the local church sending workers out it is taking a step, according to man’s reasoning, into the darkness of the world sowing seeds of a counterfeit or lukewarm at best, gospel message. It is biblically comprised but humanly acceptable modeled after satan’s plan; instead of being modeled after God’s holy design which is chock full of supernatural power and guaranteed to bring forth spiritual victory in the lives of others.
The plan of the god of this world is shallow and worldly comprised sending forth a feeble and powerless message using counterfeit Bibles which are missing key scripture passages. These missing passages contain important spiritual concepts such as the Trinity of God; Christ’s shed blood, God’s holiness, and absolute authority. Servants who march forward upon their own agenda, not God’s, using a watered down message fill eager minds, not hearts, with a soft message which is lacking saving power producing some emotional professions but no lasting bounty or fruitful harvest. It is rather men presiding over other men according to opinion and twisted scripture without having any biblical authority from God.
God’s plan of spreading the Truth calls His saint, that’s you and me, to reach our neighbors and those around us. Some men are called, according to biblical standards, to the office of Pastor to preach and lead a church, and other men are called to biblically fulfill offices of leadership like deacons; women are called to lead and teach children and other ladies to personally know and deepen their knowledge of the gospel message. All who are serving God outside their local church were called to their particular ministry to serve God. Some people are called to serve halfway around the world and some to work through their own local church recruiting lost souls from their back yard. God does have a specific calling or cup for your life.
Jesus Christ also has a calling from God since the beginning of time. While serving in the flesh upon this earth from His home in the heavens His calling was the ultimate calling. It consisted of coming to the earth as a man in the flesh to lead mankind to God through sacrificial death and shed blood upon the cross for all sin. Jesus Christ’s calling consisted of times of dwelling in the desert amid much temptation in accomplishing God’s will in his life, sacrifice or death of self, and resurrection from the grave unto new life. His calling now is to return to the earth to receive His own spiritual family. His second coming could happen any day as nothing else must happen before He returns to the earth for us.
All saints, who have been quickened alive, receive a cup to drink consisting of death, burial, and resurrection unto new life in Christ following Jesus Christ’s perfect example as the supreme sacrifice unto God’s will and way. The Christian’s who are living the “sold out life” are surrendered to God’s will for their life not their own will and way. The Bible contains many examples of how the lives of men, women, and children of ancient biblical times were used greatly to further the gospel message both in the New and Old Testament scripture.
All mankind are used of God according to His will and way; regardless of whether they acknowledge God or follow His will or not. Willing people, who are quickened spiritually alive, serve in a great capacity sowing the seeds of the gospel message to those they divinely meet along “Faith Avenue” as they walk towards eternity with God.
Barnabas and Saul were actively engaged in the worship and possibly the ministering of their local church. The Lord spoke through His Spirit unto these two men of the local congregation to be sent forth by the laying on of hands by a biblical qualified pastor; separating the men aside for the missionary work God called them unto. God still operates in this same fashion today calling saints through heartfelt prayer and fasting separated into His service through the laying on of hands from their local church. God does not call the local church only to edify or build up their own saints within; but to send out servants, according to His will, into the world to sow the gospel message to others.
Local churches should be about both the ministry edifying within and sending without saints to serve others as God leads. Not only should missionaries be sent out from the local church but God has the perfect plan for their send off in scripture as well.
God says both in the book of Luke and Matthew comparable passages with analogous messages:
God desires that His called servants embark out in the world not necessarily having in hand all things necessary for their spiritual journey of serving others. Rather God says “I have you covered on this journey, have faith in me.” God is looking for “yes” men and women who will respond to His call leaving the details of the journey to Him. Often it seems today missionaries have to have all their eggs in their basket, all their t’s crossed, a governing board planning and scheduling all the moves, and the promised financial support of churches for their pockets prior to beginning their much anticipated journey. That is far from how early missionaries were sent out to serve His purpose and will in this world.
According to Luke 9:58 Even Jesus was without a place to lay His head. Not even having a place to lay His head from day to day kept Jesus and His spiritual cohorts, or disciples, wandering on their journey without a known or consistent supply of sustenance or housing. These men and women solely relied upon God’s promises working in their life and in those they met upon their journey to bring about what they had need of, as they needed it, in fulfilling His plan for their life. God always supplied just what these servants needed along their missionary journeys.
Serving God often means sacrificing personal comfort, desires, and pleasurable amenities; and often facing seemingly insurmountable roadblocks and discomfort in bringing forth His message. It seems today some preachers amd missionaries are comfortable, well fed, and living “high on the hog” in well-established surroundings amid housing which often places them above the ordinary living arrangements of the lost souls they are sent out to reach. Sending a confusing message to the people they are meant to reach out and show an example of Christ unto; rather it often mirrors a weak “flavor” or a picture of Christ through westernized Christianity drawing people in who are hungry for “Americanism” and often physical food, clothing, and shelter often in third world countries, but not necessarily having an eager appetite for the spiritual food of God’s Word.
In America many lost souls have a hunger for a weak and ineffective gospel of a counterfeit Christ with a message which is often purports to reward in financial abundance or prosperity; but keeping distance from the Truth of God’s Word including the truth of our sin nature, and a simple life of Christ which calls them to leave behind “things” they consider very important in life which may include money and things associated with prosperity and success in this world.
We serve the same God today that these early church missionaries served in early church times in the New Testament. He can perfectly supply the needs of His eager servants to overflowing if that is His desire. God does not send anyone out on a limb or a difficult journey without knowing his every need beforehand. Often He will choose to supply just what is needed when it is needed to cover the situation at hand; leaving tomorrow’s projected or proposed needs in prayer resting in a close spiritual relationship with Him according to His perfect timing and way.
God’s Word says:
God never sends a person out on the edge of a cliff or the end of a limb without providing just what is needed when it is needed. God wants us to be busy about sowing the seeds of His gospel message today biblically, according to the personal calling He has laid upon our life, as He works ahead meeting the needs of tomorrow.