What does it take to be one of God’s servants? The story of David, a young boy who tackled a colossal battle without even knowing the ways of war, is a perfect illustration of faithfulness as God’s sole requirement for everyone who wishes to be His servant; everyone who desires to heed His call of sharing the Good News.
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David’s courage and strong faith in God made a seemingly unthinkable victory possible. When his nine-foot warrior opponent stood ready to kill him, young David didn’t respond in fear. Instead, he took a stone and slung it right toward the giant’s head . Goliath immediately fell and crumbled in defeat.
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KP Yohannan, the founder of Gospel for Asia and an international leader in the Christian community, discussed in one of his books, Dependence Upon the Lord, how believers today face giant fears, just as David did. They sometimes hold themselves back because they fear the uncertainties that come with carrying out a mission that seems larger than life.
But such fears can only be tackled through faith in God. Left alone, fears will always remain fearful. The armies of Israel were afraid for many days before David stepped out in faith to face Goliath. It is important for believers to have confidence in God and recognize that spiritual growth and transformation often happen in the most difficult and fearful times of our lives, as we learn to trust God with our time, resources, talent and loved ones.
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In this regard, local missionaries serving in nations with emerging Christian presence deserve as much gratitude and recognition as the world could give. Amid fearful difficulties and adversity, they faithfully minister from one far-flung area to the next, bringing the Good News to unreached communities and transforming lives through God’s love.
Through locally-trained missionaries, Gospel for Asia (GFA) brings the Good News of hope and salvation to some of the most unreached peoples in the world. Find out more about the organization’s missionary work on this website.