Christ said to Peter, “When thou was young, thou girdedst thyself, and walketh whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and carry thee, whither thou wouldest not… Follow me” (John 21:18, 19b). As with Peter, the road we walk when we follow Jesus will undoubtedly lead us to places where we would not naturally want to go. These unknown areas in God’s call may be within the standard boundary lines of our own city, state or country; or, as the church in Jerusalem,we may be taken to a Judea, Samaria, or to a more distant land.
Christ has commissioned us to be witnesses “unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8a). Christ had proclaimed that the Gospel is to be preached in “all the world” to “every creature” and to “all nations.” If this is going to happen, we must be open to the possibility of a call to the foreign mission field. We must not always assume that it is the “other guy” who is called to go.
Let us educate ourselves about missionary needs and enter into fervent prayer for the lost throughout the world. Be sensitive to the heartbeat of God. If He chooses you to be an ambassador for Christ in another land, you will have the honor of going “where thou wouldest not” and preach liberty to the captives. This is indeed an honor!