Sometimes people have a special call from the Lord to commit to something that seemed unlikely to them beforehand. When that happens, the Holy Spirit has to convince them to go ahead. Think of Abraham! Did he not have to be absolutely certain it was God asking him to sacrifice his son, the very one whom God had promised?
My modest experience has taught me that one of the main motivating factors in the Christian life is not so much that kind of divine command as obedience to simple guidelines, such as we find in Galatians 6.2, a verse that has had a big impact on my Christian life: ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way, you will fulfill the law of Christ.’
From I was in primary school, I was good at spelling. I started helping OM in 1977. At that time, Mike Evans was the OM Director, and at my preliminary interview, he asked if I was good at spelling! An unexpected door opened up for me, and I’ve been involved in this kind of work ever since. There is a real need for proofreaders. It isn’t an ‘upfront’ ministry, but just look at the cogs in a watch – if you remove even a small one of these, the watch stops! If a text is illegible, it ceases to convey the information it’s supposed to.
Read Romans 10.13-17, which is about obedience also. I made myself available to the body of Christ simply because I heard about a need I could meet, using the little I had to offer. Open your eyes and ears, and you will see there’s much to be done. The idea of a bored Christian makes no sense!
"My version of Galatians 6:2, with a definite Alsatian accent."