Advance Magazine
Fall 2023

The Faith to Serve

Missions. Is it a pursuit so beyond the realm of ordinary ability that only an elite few can serve? Or is it a step of faith that ordinary people make as an act of worship and obedience?

If you ask Baptist Mid-Missions’ Class of 2023, they would choose the latter. None of them consider themselves super Christians. They all faced doubts, fears, and weaknesses as they contemplated missionary service. It was only their faith in God’s enabling that pushed them forward.

We all rejoice in the forgiveness and acceptance we have in Christ. All that we are and have comes from Him, and we believe in His Lordship over our lives. It should be no surprise that service is the outworking of our faith in those very things. And He promises to honor faith, as Hebrews 11:6 affirms: “He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place .… And who is sufficient for these things?”

—2 Cor. 2:14, 16

If the Class of 2023 could be considered in any way super Christians, it’s in the area of faith. They know they have nothing to offer except for what God makes possible through their lives. They are willing to trust Him with their “earthen vessels” and let their accomplishments come from God’s power and not their own (2 Cor. 4:7).

And those are just the kind of servants our Lord seeks.

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