Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20
shall I send? Who will go for Us? ...
I am, send me!" (Isa 6:8)
is the birth anniversary of William Carey (1761-1834) who is called the
Father of Modern Missions. He was a shoemaker and he became a Bible
translator. All through the Bible, we see God's call given to individuals
in various circumstances and how they responded. Moses was a soldier and
God called him to lead His people out of Egypt! David was a shepherd and
God called him to rule His people! Amos was a shepherd too and God called
him to be a prophet! Jesus was a carpenter and He was called to fulltime
ministry at the age of thirty!
was a fisherman and Jesus called him to leave the nets and follow Him!
Matthew was a tax-collector and Jesus called him to leave his office to
serve Him fulltime! Paul was a tentmaker and God called him for a global
service demanding all his time! Luke was a medical doctor and he joined
Paul in the missionary tours! Whatever may be your profession, God can
need for labourers is the same both in the Old Testament and the New.
"The harvest is plenty but the labourers are few!" (Mt 9:37).
There is always vacancy in God's work! There is rush and competition to
become doctors, engineers, lawyers and teachers. But few are those who
take up Christian service. Will you accept this challenge? Are you
interested in literature? You can become a Bible translator. There are
nearly 200 languages in India without the Bible. Are you a doctor? Oh how
many medical missionaries are needed! Go where there's no doctor. There
are many Indian villages without a clinic within 30 km radius. Computer
programmers are wanted. God had only one Son and He sent Him as a
missionary-martyr into this world! Dear parents, why not send atleast one
of your children for the ministry?
Livingstone (1813-1873) of Scotland was an explorer and he went as a
missionary. C.T.Studd (1862-1931) of England was a famous cricketer and he
took up missionary service. These and thousands of men all over the world
found serving the Lord adventurous and satisfying.
are no exception. We still need Ida Scudders (Dec 9) and Pandit Ramabais
(Feb 22). There were women in the evangelistic teams of Jesus and Paul (Lk
8:1-5; Phil 4:3). Even after her beloved husband and two sons were burnt
alive the same day (Jan 23), Mrs. Gladys Staines continues God's work in
the same place, because "There is only one life; it will soon be
past; what's done for Christ, alone shall last!"