Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
He always wanted to be a missionary, but J. Oswald Smith was susceptible to sickness and disease. One mission assignment after another ended with his return to the States to recover from some new malady. So in the 1950’s, Smith gave up on being a missionary and began serving at a church in Toronto.
He gave up on being a missionary, but not on being mission minded.
He spoke to his members about the great work that needed doing, and they raised $282,000 for missions in one year alone.
He began helping other churches raise funds for missionaries. He helped one church in Boston go from a $3200 missions budget to a budget exceeding $200,000 in only six years.
How many more people heard the Good News of Jesus because of Oswald Smith than would have ever heard it by listening to him alone?
Last month I thought I should offer to host the community Bible study that I attend. I prayed about it, but felt a definite “no” being given.
Why in the world should I not host the study? We have a large house with no children left in it. It is a central location to many in the group. And it’s a Bible study, for goodness sake!
But I put aside my arguments and listened to God.
Another woman, growing in the faith, offered to host. It was a big step for her who so recently had spoken of the tongue lashing her father gave her for teaching Bible class at church.
What do you feel called to do? Is it what God is asking you to do, or is it just what you want to do?
Ask God what he wants.
His answer may not make sense at the time, but you can be sure it is the right answer.