Acts 7:34, I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
It is interesting that Stephen in his sermon before the high priest and others, found in Acts 7, refers to Abraham being “called” to leave his father, family, friends, future ambitions, financial security, and everything that was familiar to him (Acts 7:1-5), as well as Moses being “sent” (also leaving everything that had become familiar to him over the past 40 years) to deliver the people from Egyptian bondage (Acts 7:34-35).
This, to our knowledge, was Stephen’s first and only sermon. Yet it, along with the persecution that followed, led to a church which had become satisfied, comfortable, and even “stuck in a rut,” to be scattered with the Good News of the Gospel (Acts 8:1-4).
THE BIBLE IS HIS STORY OF HIS CALLING AND HIS SENDING MEN AND WOMEN TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE, WHICH INCLUDES SENDING HIS OWN SON. THE BIBLE IS A BOOK ABOUT HIS CALLING US FROM LIVES OF COMFORT AND EASE TO LIVES OF COMMITMENT AND RISK!
I like the words of one author who wrote:
The Bible is calling Christians and communities of faith to seriously engage a world where more than a billion people still haven’t heard the Gospel, and billions of others are physically impoverished. When we dare to look at the world and let God’s Word drive our lives, we will not be content to spend untold resources in our lives and churches on ourselves. The Bible is calling us to forsake short-term treasures in this world that we cannot keep for the sake of long-term treasure in eternity that we cannot lose.
He also wrote:
Two thousand years later, I wonder how far we have wandered from this path. Somewhere along the way, amid varying cultural tides and popular church trends, it seems that we have minimized Jesus’ summons to total abandonment. … Somewhere along the way, we have lost sight of what it means to be a disciple, and we have laid aside Jesus’ command to make disciples. We have tragically minimized what it means to be his follower, and we have virtually ignored the biblical expectation that we fish for men.
On another occasion, and in another place, this same author also wrote: “It will always cost us something if we choose to step out of casual, comfortable, complacent Christianity.”
You have to wonder why so few are being “called” and “sent!”
Are there not more who are willing to count the cost and pay the cost of making an impact for Christ and the cause of Christ around the world, especially where they are needed the most?
Recently, Bro. Joseph Esposito sent this about David Livingstone:
A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and asked, “Have you found a good road to where you are? If so, we want to know how to send other men to join you.” Livingstone wrote back, “If you have men who will come only if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”
God is still looking for men and women that he can send. Men and women who are willing to go; willing to go to the hard places to reach the hard people with the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!
How about you today?
What are you living for?
What are you waiting for?