Here I Am, Use Me!

A guest submission from Jeff Brianas, missions enthusaist involved with CTC:

Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.  Matthew 28:19  

You may ask yourself; how can I reach every nation? How do I fit into the Great Commission? How could God possibly use me?


Our excuses sound convincing: I don’t have much.  I belong to a small church.  I'm shy.  I don't know what to say.  Other people are more qualified than me.  Other people can speak better than I can.  
    
And yet in the midst of all our excuses, we forget.  We forget that that we serve an amazing God. He does not ask us to do anything without providing the means to do the task.  Acts 1:8 says, "...the Holy Spirit will come upon you and give you power. Then you will tell everyone about me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria, and everywhere in the world."

I met Rev. Samuel Stephens a little over a year ago on one of his visits to the United States. What impressed me the most about Sam and India Gospel League (IGL) is not what Sam or any other person in the organization was doing, but what God was doing through them. You see, IGL has been around for many years. They've struggled with many of the same questions we ask ourselves. But their multiplying impact started when Sam took the “I” out of the questions and looked to see what God was doing. IGL made the decision to follow God’s lead and to partner with those that were having the greatest impact. The results have been nothing short of miraculous.
    
God has prepared us for this task and has provided the means to do the work. All that is needed is for us to say, “Here I am Lord, use me”.

...all people of every nation must be told in my name to turn to God, in order to be forgiven. So beginning in Jerusalemyou must tell everything that has happened.  Luke 24:47

Then he told them: Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world. Mark 16:15  

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