A wise missionary friend made a comment to me recently that has stayed in my mind and given me focus in these last weeks.
He was talking about the country that he had served in as a missionary for the last decade, about his passion for the people and all that God was doing.
He was asking about my heart for East Asia and about the particular issues God has been burdening me for in intercession as I prepare for my summer Japan travels.
He was asking about the work I would be doing and the open doors.
And then he said this.
This statement that hit me.
Holy Spirit-dropping-it-into-my-spirit hard.
‘The thing is, everywhere in the world has need, every country, every people, has need; but we don’t go somewhere because of the need. We go somewhere because of the call. His call. We go to the people that He is calling us too.’
That’s it isn’t it?
Bringing it back into focus.
Because if you’re like me, you can sometimes get caught up with the need of a place.
The overwhelming nature of the task.
The practicalities of what can or should be done.
So, I think about Japan.
It’s the second largest unreached people group on the globe right now.
Less than 1% of the country are Christians.
That means that in every 1000 Japanese that you pass on the street, a maximum of 2 of them will have a personal relationship will Jesus.
That’s an image that cuts deep.
It’s been consistently in the top 10 of countries that fail to combat the growing industry of sexual trafficking for decades.
It has the highest suicide rate in the world.
The need is huge.
But it’s not the only country with need.
In fact, every country has it’s statistics.
The millions of faces and names that make up the countless people that Jesus longs for, calls for and died for.
And it can feel overwhelming.
If we think of the need.
But here’s the thing…
It’s not about the need.
It’s about the God who calls.
And the God who equips.
And the God who uses.
It’s about Him.
And when we fix our eyes on His beautiful face, and run in the path of His calling, we start to see Him meet the need.
Graciously allowing us to be partners of this beautiful missionary Holy Spirit outworking.
Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2 v 9-11.