by Jill Lienemann, Kesher International Missions | ©2009
Over a year ago, the Lord gave me the framework to a series of devotions based on the shepherd’s story in Luke 2 as it applies to a mission trip. Just recently, He resurfaced this outline and spurred me on to complete each insight to share with you. Be blessed!
“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Luke 2:8 (NKJV)
So often individuals remark that they don’t have the skills or anointing to participate in a mission trip. Yet, we see in this scripture that God chose the blue-collar workers, not the rabbis/pastors or church leaders, to engage in a special assignment.
The shepherds were people who labored in a mundane, routine, secular job. On the night shift, their task was to make sure animals or thieves did not steal from the flock of ceremonial sheep. Often, they were considered outcasts because of their job description or historical reputation. If anyone had a reason to feel unworthy of the mission call they were about to receive, it was the shepherds. And yet, we know that God looks beyond what man sees–in fact, He seeks out an exact specification to use for His Glory. “He [God] chose what the world thinks is unimportant and what the world looks down on and thinks is nothing in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. God did this so that no one can brag in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:28-29 (NCV)
We see this theme repeated throughout the entire Bible. David was a young shepherd boy who battled giants and played the court harp prior to being a king. Esther was an obscure immigrant in a foreign country before becoming a queen. Jesus, Son of God, born in human flesh into lowly circumstances, was an expert carpenter before he became a traveling evangelist.
Perhaps God is recruiting you for a mission trip. Be confident in knowing that you have the “right stuff” to complete the assignment.
KESHER TIP: Did I hear correctly?
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (NKJV) How can you recognize if God is calling you to a mission trip? You might feel a “heart” connection or pulling when you hear about a certain country or trip. Begin to specifically pray, asking God to confirm what you are experiencing through a scripture verse or trusted friend/mentor. Step out in faith—submit your completed trip registration form and deposit. If you are accepted to participate, consider this God’s affirmation of His plan for your journey. Remember, the Lord knows all about you and considers you qualified for the mission.
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