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Responding to God's Call
Perhaps one of the most famous conversations on missions took place between William Carey—later missionary to India—and a Dr. Ryland. The occasion was a ministerial gathering where Carey shared the burden God had placed on his heart for those who had not heard the gospel. Carey shared, “"If it be the duty of all men to believe the Gospel ... then it be the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nations." Dr. Ryland did not take kindly to the assertion and responded, “"Young man, sit down: when God pleases to covert the heathen, He will do it without your aid or mine."
Fortunately, Carey was not dissuaded by the lack of support of the ministers there, and went on to do a great work in India that is still known and respected in all of India—I was assured of this by a Hindu seat mate on a plane while traveling in the past.
Carey accepted God’s commission to “Go” found in Matthew 28:19: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost," and went to India, and accomplished things that are still bring wonder in our day.
We find ourselves, however, in the growing mission field of our neighborhoods and workplaces. If, as Carey put it, “it is the duty of all men to believe the gospel, then it be the duty of those who are entrusted with the gospel to make it known,” then it is OUR DUTY TO CARRY THE GOSPEL WHEREVER WE FIND OURSELVES.
Seeing the need to adopt a witnessing lifestyle is much easier if we are convicted that men MUST hear and ACCEPT the gospel if they are to be saved.
Granted God works in many ways, and sometimes due to our negligence or inability He works through dreams and other miraculous ways, but He seems to be depending on us.
I hope you will join me in hearing and responding to God's call to "go." Thank you in advance. I know Jesus is grateful and there will be more people in heaven as a result.