For more than forty years, Margaret Stringer faithfully served the Lord as a missionary in Indonesia. She worked among some of the most primitive people, including a number of tribes that still practiced cannibalism when she arrived on the field. She surrendered her life to be a missionary when she was just twelve years old. Later she wrote, “Nobody expected that I really would do it, but they had not taken God into account.”
Not everyone is called to vocational ministry, but every child of God has a work to do for Him. God did not save us to sit back and enjoy the ride to Heaven; He saved us to serve. Jesus said, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21). There are things that you can do and people you can reach that are part of God’s plan and purpose for your life.
Annie Johnston Flint wrote, “Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today; He has no feet but our feet to lead men in the way; He has no tongue but our tongue to tell men how He died; He has no help but our help to bring them to His side.” God could have chosen any means for the gospel to go throughout the world. He could have had angels make the announcement of the Good News or had clouds spell out the message in the sky. Instead He calls us to be His messengers, walking in the works He has prepared for us to do.
Find the work that God has for you to do today, and be busy doing what you can for Him.
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT