I’m Not Ready

Last week, I talked to a missionary couple that my family is good friends with. If you didn’t know, I want to be a missionary, and I believe that is God’s calling for my life.

These missionaries have been on the field for years, and I trust their advice, so I asked them to do a little interview with me. Sometimes, what missionaries actually do can seem nebulous to me, so it was great to get some facts and practical wisdom from them.

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end. – Proverbs 19:20

A few things they said really struck me, one of which was that they were told by a missionary recruiter that, fresh out of college and excited to serve, they were not ready to be missionaries. They ended up working at a church in America for a while, gaining experience, then eventually they began deputation and went to the field.

They later realized that the recruiter was correct – they hadn’t been ready for the field by a long shot! God has since used them to grow an incredible ministry, and he knew what he was doing every step of the way.

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. – Psalm 37:23

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I get impatient with God. I feel that I’m not useful to him doing certain things I deem “unimportant.” God, why are you having me do this? I could do a lot more for your kingdom without fill-in-the-blank.

But I must remember that all work glorifies God. As long as I’m in his plan for my life, though day-to-day tasks may seem unimportant, I’ll be able to look back and see how God knew exactly what he was doing every day. Everything will work out for the best for everyone if I stick to God’s plan.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. – 1 Corinthians 2:9

I’m trying to be patient, and to remember that it’s a wonder God wants to use me at all! He could totally do it without me, but he chooses to work with me and help me learn about him, myself, and the world.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – James 1:4

Are you ever impatient with God?

How have you seen God work things out better than you could have?

17 thoughts on “I’m Not Ready

  1. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ yes I have and still do get impatient with God. After decades and decades of Him showing me over and over that He not only know what He is doing but when it’s His way it is so much more/better than I could have even thought or made happen. I guess that is also the answer to your 2nd question too πŸ™‚ Everything you do, that is God’s will is important πŸ™‚ Look at a grain of sand. It is so small, so seemingly unimportant BUT it makes up a very important part of our world. Silly example probably but I think you get the point I am trying to make LOL πŸ™‚

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  2. I recommend my sister in Christ, Olivia’s, blog. Olivia in Bolivia. She is on the community prayer every month with her blog link as well.

    Something that has helped me so much in being settled with God’s purpose for my life regards Ephesians 2:10. We are made for good works. Epheisans 5 then lists some examples of good works. Husbands, wives, children obeying parents, slaves obeying masters (in today’s world think employee and employer.) These all honor the Lord. Every time we worship Him through honoring Him that is a good work. This good work demonstrates His love to others. It can be encouraging. To a nonbeliever it makes you set apart. You have a mission field every where you walk, dear sister! While you may not be a missionary yet, nonetheless, you have a mission field. πŸ’—πŸ˜Š You want to reach others now? Great! Keep serving the Lord! Sometimes I forget how important my role is right where I am. My husband. My sisters in Christ. Those I know who do not know Christ. The blogging ministry. And those in need right now in America. There are many, many ways to serve, grow, encourage, and help. Our purpose is those in Christ were created for good works, this is only done through the the Holy Spirit, Who we receive only through Christ. John 15, one of my favorites, talks about the the Vine and the branches. Dear sister, those who produce fruit (and the Holy Spirit produces that fruit in us) the Father, the Vinedresser prunes for more!! Be encouraged in this πŸ’—πŸ’— Thank you so much for your honesty! I very much struggled with what my “purpose” was and found great hope in realizing it is all about honoring Jesus (walk in the way of the Spirit) and edifying the body of Christ. These help us in turn also love and reach sinners no matter where we are. 😊😊 May the Lord guide you greatly and direct your feet to every opportunity available to you TODAY to serve the mission field and those in the body

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