And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them (Acts 16:9-10).
People are calling out from all over the world for help! They are lost in a dying world and don’t know where or who to turn to for answers. Most Christians weren’t called to go out into the world and preach the gospel–at least not as a profession. But we are all called by God to share the Word and help save the lost.
People in our local areas are calling out and who is going to answer their needs? The answer is each Christian. Together we can make a difference–especially when we seek God’s guidance.
I once had an experience where a young woman called out to me. It wasn’t in an expected way so I decided to move slow with my Christian testimony because she claimed to be an agnostic.
Looking back I moved like a snail sharing Christ with her because I didn’t want to lose the opportunity to share Christ in a way that wouldn’t look as if I were criticizing here lifestyle. Then one day she called me about a business deal she had just completed for a business property she had wanted. She had totally cheated the owner and bragged that she knew what she had done was wrong, but she didn’t care.
She had also asked me to give her all of our money so that she could begin a business on the land. I said no, that I didn’t believe in what she was doing. She got angry, but she wanted to remain friends with my husband and I. I decided not to see her again because I didn’t want to associate with someone with such low moral standards.
Two years later, we saw her on the news. Her hands and feet were shackled as she looked into the camera with a crazed look. She had just been arrested for murdering her 18 month old baby. The details were horrific and worse, her oldest son, 15 at the time, found her with the baby. All she could say to him was that it was a choice between killing him or the baby. She didn’t seem to have any feeling. Yet when I knew her she appeared to be a wonderful mother with her middle son, at the time 3 years old.
I don’t blame myself for what she did, but I asked myself many times why this woman would attach herself to me when I was much older than she was and such a different person. I didn’t seek God on her behalf to find out if He had a purpose for our relationship. I just made the decision on my own to “move slow” so that I didn’t offend her. Whose to say what affect I may have had on her and her family if I had moved by the lead of the Holy Spirit? All that is certain is that I will never know.
When others are crying out we need to look to God first, not what makes sense to us. We need spiritual sense, not human sense and the only place we can get that is from seeking God’s guidance. The Holy Spirit will lead us in the way we should go.