Whenever I go on a mission trip (or other adventure that I feel God has called me to), I like to take the days right before and double check that my heart is in the right place. I try to focus my devotions and quiet times around the upcoming trip and evaluate myself to ensure that I am looking at the eternal reasons for the journey as opposed to the selfish ones (traveling the world, break from the norm, adventure…all good things but not eternal).
My heart today settled on one main question: WHY ME?
Why did God call ME to be a part of THIS trip?
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. …If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (v. 12, 17-20)
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:7-9)