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I am thankful God is still calling Christians
into full-time missionary service. Even
more so, I am glad for those who are
surrendering to God’s call (see our newest
missionaries on pages 11–13). What does
it take to be that kind of Christian? In
this editorial, I would like to discuss some
essential characteristics of those who both
hear and respond to the call of God.

First, potential missionaries must have a
Listening Ear. Sadly, I believe God is
calling many people to be missionaries but
they do not even hear His call. The world,
the flesh, and the devil are doing everything
possible to distract
believers from listening
to God. One very
effective distraction
today is technology.

Technology can be a
wonderful servant but
it is a terrible master.

Many believers are too
busy communicating on
social media that they
are not communicating
with God. They connect
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with friends on line
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but disconnect from God
in heaven. They readily receive messages
from social media friends but have
difficulty receiving messages from their
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Lord and Savior. In order to hear God’s call,
we must silence our electronic devices and
spend our time in God’s Word and at God’s
throne. Second, the only way Christians are going
to surrender to missions is if they have an
Obedient Heart. Hearing God’s call
is just the first step. We must be doers…
and not hearers only (James 1:22). Sadly, I
have spoken with some who have told me
God called them to be missionaries but
they never obeyed His call. Each time I
hear those type testimonies, they are filled
with remorse and regret. Conversely, I have
never spoken with anyone who regretted
doing God’s will. Obedience brings blessing
(James 1:25b). God always wants what is
best for us. We must constantly maintain
an obedient heart so that we immediately
and continually respond to the voice of our
Lord and Master.

Third, a Verifiable Faith is another
major prerequisite to missionary service.

Faith without works is dead (James
2:26). Potential missionaries are not
mysteriously transformed into soul-
winning missionaries the moment they
arrive on the field. Long before they depart
for the field, their works must prove their
faith. Scripture shows that God calls
those who are already busy (e.g., Gideon

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was threshing wheat, Samuel was serving in the temple,
David was watching sheep, Elisha was plowing, Amos was
following his flock, Peter and Andrew were fishing, James
and John were mending their nets, Philip was preaching in
Samaria, etc.). In Acts 13, the Holy Spirit separated Barnabas
and Paul for the work of missions. This was done through the
local church leaders who knew the testimony of these Godly
men. Barnabas and Paul had already been faithfully serving
the Lord when the Holy Spirit separated them for the work of
missions. Missionaries are called out from among those who
possess a faith that has been verified and validated by faithful
and fruitful Christian service.

Fourth, potential missionaries need to be people who have
an Expectant Attitude. William Carey said, “Expect
great things from God; attempt great things for God.” There
is no reason to attempt great things for God if we do not
expect great things from God. Anyone who steps out in
obedient faith to serve as a missionary has the promise of
God’s unlimited power, unending provision, and unceasing
presence. God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter
3:9). He wants every person to be saved, and to come unto the
knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Thus, it is only logical
that while attempting to win lost souls around the world, we
can be expecting great things from God.

Finally, there is one other characteristic that must be
mentioned—Love. Love is not just an essential part of
the four things already mentioned, it actually makes them
possible. If we genuinely love God and our neighbor, we will
have a listening ear, an obedient heart, a verifiable faith, and
an expectant attitude. Love is the greatest of these—and all
other—characteristics (1 Corinthians 13:13). Jesus said, “And
thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength….

And…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself ” (Mark
12:30–31). Thus, the kind of Christian who both hears and
surrenders to God’s call is the one who completely loves his
Savior and compassionately loves his neighbor. W
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All Scripture quotations are from the KJV.

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