Step Three: God will provide a people
God normally begins by calling a person to a place. For me, God called me in my twenty second year of life and second year of a new life in Christ. It took a while but eventually He called me to a place at Second and Evergreen in East Los Angeles.
The third step, which may coincide with or precede the second step, is God providing a person with a place for a people. Sometimes, God will call a person to a people then a place. The order is not as important as the fact that God almost always calls a person to a people.
For Moses, God called him to a place called Egypt for a people group known as Hebrews. He told Moses, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings.” Exodus 3:7. God’s people became Moses’ missionary target group. They became his people.
As for me, the Lord had me serve as a youth director for three years at a Japanese American Church in Altadena. While I was there, the Lord showed me that this was the people group whom I was to serve. In time, I recognized that I was to shepherd English-speaking Asian Americans.
Step Four: God will provide a purpose
After God provides a person, a place and a people, He will reveal His purposes. God always has a purpose even when we feel purposeless and rather aimless.
God called Moses and sent him to Egypt to a people group known as the Hebrews. He gave Moses his purpose for going to Egypt.
The Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. 8 So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite.” Exodus 3:7-8
Moses was to go to Egypt and deliver God’s people from the hand of Pharaoh and take them to the land of Canaan. The Lord was very specific with Moses. Moses knew the purpose for which the Lord had called him.
When I was called to Evergreen, I understood God’s purpose for me. I was to help grow the church family located in East Los Angeles and lead them to wherever the Lord wanted them to go and to become whatever God wanted them to become. I was to preach the Word and depend on Him through prayer and He would direct me.
So God will provide a person to a place for a people with a purpose. Is He calling you?
Something to think about…