Do you feel like you have been called by God?
“Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away. So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus” (Acts 13:1–4, NKJV).
In Acts 13, God set apart Paul and Barnabas for a mission that would take them into uncharted territory. Unfamiliar with the lands they’d be visiting, they were going to people who would not know they were coming and would be clueless about the message they would be hearing. Paul and Barnabas knew they would face opposition, even persecution. Yet they went. Why? Because God himself called them—chose them out of all the prophets and teachers at Antioch to go to new lands.
God has called us as well. Maybe it’s not to do missionary work in uncharted lands, but the work we do every day is a calling from God, to be done for His glory. Like Paul and Barnabas, we probably don’t know what we’ll face tomorrow. But knowing the Lord is behind our work can give us the strength to forge ahead, even if we don’t know what awaits us.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.