What is your calling? What do you feel God is calling you to do?
We all have specific individual tasks set before us by God. He has also called every Christian to go and share the gospel with the world.
Missions is important to me because I was once lost and stumbled in the darkness until Christ came into my life and gave me salvation. I was blinded by my sin until I accepted Christ. He opened my eyes and gave me sight.
Likewise, there are people in the world who do not know Christ. They are lost and stumble in the darkness.
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
—Matthew 28:18–20 (KJV)
Missions is important to me because I want to help people find salvation in Jesus Christ. God has given me the tools and the talents I need to share the gospel with people who do not know Him. He has given me the ability to have conversations with people I meet. He gives me boldness to make those conversations about Him!
I was not always like this. I used to be too shy to evangelize. When I accepted Christ, everything changed. Now, it does not matter where I am. I will share the gospel at the library or the laundromat. I will stop and share the gospel with anyone God places in my path. God has done such an amazing work in my life I am no longer afraid of sharing the gospel with people.
God also gave me the ability to write fun, fictional stories that communicate His hope and salvation. These stories are for young children and middle school kids. This may seem like an overwhelming task, especially if these stories and conversations are driven with the hope of salvation. However, God has already given me everything I need to accomplish the task set before me.
I do not need to be afraid because God has formed me for this very task. He has already given me what I need to succeed and prepared me for what is to come. I am designed for a purpose and He already made His plan for me long ago.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
I did not begin to think and pray about my calling until I was challenged to do so by my Acteens leader.
Now, my friends, I challenge you to pray. Think and search deeply for what it is God is calling you to do.
He may be calling you to teach or go into the missions field. He may be calling you to share His salvation and hope with someone specific.
He has created you with a specific purpose and divine plan. He has called you for a specific task. He has given you talents and tools, knowing what He designed you for even before you were born.
The Bible says, “Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness, and the work of faith with power” (2 Thess. 1:11).
What is your calling?
Hannah Rickman, a 2023 National Acteens Panelist, is from Kingsville, Texas, and attends Retama Park Baptist Church.