“But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” — Acts of the Apostles 20:24 NLT
I remember my very first missions trip in the Spring of 2015. I was going to New York and Washington DC to outreach and win souls for Christ with our impact team and I was relatively new to the whole outreach thing. But as I was out there with a good friend of mine, I began to learn the ropes and thoroughly enjoyed giving my testimony and leading people to Christ. As I was soaking it all in one night on the drive back from a long day (seven hours to be exact) God spoke to me. He told me to abandon my dream of going into the Navy for the will and destiny that He had for me. I was a little confused as to what He actually wanted me to do but I said, "Okay, I will". I chose to surrender my whole will, destiny and life to God and whatever He wants me to do. I was loving living for God after that trip. I was excited and on fire like never before. But being the leaky vessel that I am in God, life got a little tricky for me. I ended up backsliding soon afterward. Although I picked myself up, dusted myself off and tried again I kinda put that on hold. I wanted to renew my strength in God before I reached for that destiny again. After going through the word of God, Acts 26:19 stuck out to me about fixing my eyes towards my purpose.
"Wherefore, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision” —Acts 26:19
I understood that it wasn't about me or where I was in God. It was about the heavenly vision. I understood that God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called. I have to keep moving forward no matter what comes my way.
As I've been walking with God through difficulty of all sorts including the death of loved ones, backsliding, being sat down from ministry, etc.. He's been drawing me closer to His will and destiny that He has for me.
Walking into 2016, I'm making the decision to claim the ministry God has set aside for me, the calling He has put on my life and the commitment of falling in love with Jesus.