It was a busy weekend. Besides speaking three times at a ladies’ conference in Red Deer, Alberta, I’ve had five meetings with long-time friends and individuals who ministered with International Messengers (IM) last summer, and two with pastors who have expressed an interest in future short-term ministry opportunities with IM. This evening my husband and I will speak at an informational meeting for anyone interested in participating with us next summer. Tomorrow morning we’ll pack our suitcases and drive to the next town to do it again.
Everywhere I go, someone inevitably asks, “How did you get started in this ministry of writing, speaking, and now taking short-term teams to Eastern Europe?” My answer is this: “It’s not something I sought. Rather, it’s God’s call on my life; it’s my divine assignment. ”
Yes, I have no doubt that God has called me to communicate His truth via the written and spoken word. He’s given me the task of encouraging others to live lives that honor Him. He’s asked me to spread the Good News of salvation and hope to those who are spiritually lost and in despair. The compulsion I feel to see this mission fulfilled is difficult to put into words. There’s an inner drive, an undeniable passion that burns within. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning and gives purpose to my working hours. It’s what brings personal fulfillment and a deep, deep joy.
I’ve come to understand what the apostle Paul wrote in Titus 1:1-3 – “I have been sent to bring faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them the confidence of eternal life, which God promised them before the world began – and he cannot lie. And now at the right time he has revealed this Good News, and we announce it to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been trusted to do this work for him.”
When I speak at women’s events, I often teach that God has a purpose for each person’s life. Primarily, He desires to have relationship with us, but there’s also a specific purpose unique to each individual. Mine is to communicate His truth to teach others how to live godly lives, to reveal the Good News to everyone possible. Yours may be similar, or it may be vastly different. Whatever it is, it’s of huge importance for it plays a role in God’s eternal story.
If you’d authored Titus 1:1, what would you have written after the introductory words I have been sent to….? Fill in the blank, and share your answer with the rest of us!