Over the past 18 years of serving overseas, I have discussed the concept of “calling” with many Christian workers. Although I have found different types of callings, different methods of hearing the call, and a variety of specificity, one thing has been clear: People that do not demonstrate a calling to the Lord’s work do not last.
In my opinion, “the call” goes way beyond work in full-time Christian service. As Christians, we need to be in constant communion with the Father. We need to listen to his voice! Scripture makes it clear that the sheep know the shepherd’s voice. Therefore, whether we are moving overseas or staying in our host country, we should be seeking the Lord’s will for each aspect of our life.
A clear calling into cross-culture ministry is very important…especially if you are looking to work in a closed country. Times will get tough, your kids will struggle, and your call will be tested; however, those who have a clear calling from the Lord will more likely stand firm in obedience.
When my wife and I started to be called to the Arab world, we wrote down every verse, discussion, & “coincidence” that the Lord was using to point us in that direction. Over the past 18 years, we have referred back to those specific details…knowing that we are exactly where God wants us to be.
Are you sensing the Lord’s calling on your life to move into a tentmaking life? Can you demonstrate that call? Does your family and church agree with the calling in your life? If you can answer “yes” to all these questions, then it is time to take the step of obedience and follow the Lord’s voice.