“How can I know if God is leading me to become a missionary?”

Let the Scriptures guide you

“If you are in doubt upon any subject you must first consult the Scriptures. . . . You ought to be able to distinguish His voice.” Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 512.

God is a personal God. He created us, and gave each one a purpose. For the same reason, He knows us deeply more than anyone and knows the very best for us. In Ephesians 2:9-10, Paul reveals this very concept when he said that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

The Scriptures is full of examples, of men and women who followed God’s counsel to go and be a missionary. Study them. Meditate upon them. The better you come to know His word, the more you understand what pleases Him.

Listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit

“Another way in which God’s voice is heard is through the appeals of His Holy Spirit, making impressions upon the heart which will be wrought out in the character.” Messages to Young People, 157.

Another way God revels His will for us is through the Holy Spirit. The Lord promised in John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”

Read Acts and learn the ways the Holy Spirit moved and guided God’s disciples. Ask Him to give you discernment for the Holy Spirit’s leadings.

Seek the counsel of godly mentors

Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counselors they are established. Proverbs 15:22

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. Proverbs 11:14

Find these people in your life and prayerfully ask God to reveal His will through them.

Ask yourself the hard questions

Questions like: Do you truly desire to live a crucified life? Does the thought of hardness draw you or repel you? Are you willing to do whatever helps the most? Etc.

And then, answer them honestly. Analyze your characteristics and see where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Ask Him to place you where you will be truly needed, and where you can also grow spiritually.

Carefully examine the weight of evidence

“Satan has ability to suggest doubts and to devise objections to the pointed testimony that God sends, and many think it a virtue, a mark of intelligence in them, to be unbelieving and to question and quibble. Those who desire to doubt will have plenty of room. God does not propose to remove all occasion for unbelief. He gives evidence, which must be carefully investigated with a humble mind and a teachable spirit, and all should decide from the weight of evidence.” Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 3, 255.

“God does not compel men to give up their unbelief. Before them are light and darkness, truth and error. It is for them to decide which they will accept. The human mind is endowed with power to discriminate between right and wrong. God designs that men shall not decide from impulse, but from weight of evidence, carefully comparing scripture with scripture.” Desires of Ages, 458.

God bless as you prayerfully seek God’s leading for you to be a missionary!

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