“God gave me this song!”
“Maybe you should give it back. . .”
Have you ever claimed that God told you something? I’ve never heard an audible voice from God, but I know that I have claimed God has called me to do something or go somewhere before. The first example that comes to mind is my claim that God has called me to missions, specifically in China. On Wednesday at Refuge, Pastor Frank made a convicting statement:
“If you are claiming to get direct revelation from God, then you have established yourself as a prophet and must be tested as such.”
My reason for sharing information about prophets should make sense in just a minute. First, here are three things that have to do with the identity of true prophets, thanks to Pastor Frank and Deuteronomy 18:18-22:
1. Receives direct revelation from God that can deal with the past, present, and/or future.
2. Speaks in God’s name and on God’s authority.
3. Must be 100% accurate without exception.
I want to clarify that I am not a prophet. I would really like to go to China. I have claimed that God has called me to go to China, but if I don’t go, either I’m a false prophet, or God is wrong. And God CANNOT be wrong.
Jesus says this in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
So Christ has commanded his followers to make disciples of all nations. Missions should be part of a Christian’s walk with God, whether it is locally or internationally. Through my circumstances, I’ve learned to adapt to new surroundings more easily than some people. I feel that my adaptability is a skill that could really help me on the mission field. Plus, I really enjoy working with teenage girls, and there are a lot of girls of every age in China who have been abandoned by their families. China is somewhere I would like to go, but if God has other plans for me, I know they will be much better. I don’t honestly feel a “divine calling” from God to go to China; it would make sense to go somewhere where I could work with teenage girls, but China isn’t the only country with teenage girls. China is the second country with the most unreached people groups, behind India. I’m interested in spending some time in both of those countries, and in several other countries as well.
China fits together with my interests. I know that it is God’s will for me to share Him with everyone that I come in contact with, and I want to do that. However, I can’t assume that God wants me to go to a specific country because of any “feeling.” I’m going to Nicaragua this summer, and for all I know, I will become attached to the people there.
Right now, I am open to every opportunity I am presented with in missions, or in anything else. God can use me however He sees fit, even if it’s not what I expected in the first place. Now, this blog isn’t just about my journey to China, but my journey in missions and in life. Even if I don’t go into missions full-time, I know that I want to be involved in short-time missions. I would still like to share my journey with y’all, no matter what God’s plan is.
I apologize if I just rambled a lot in this blog post. Everything is still floating around in my head, but I wanted to share this with y’all. I love you guys!