Last summer our family took a 3,500 mile road trip in only nine days. As we glided along the interstates I could have easily taken them for granted if it weren’t for the periodic road construction zones. Frustrating as it was to grind to a crawl, I must admit that I really enjoyed seeing how they build roads. First the land must be leveled, then layers of various sized stone are laid down, followed by layers of asphalt and/or concrete. It can be hard, tedious work, but when done well, millions of people are able to get where they want to go without even thinking about the people who made it possible.
"Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations." - Isaiah 62:10 (NIV)
Just as we speed down a highway without thinking about the time and money that went into building it, most people never consider how missionaries get to the field. Who challenged them to consider if God might be calling them to serve overseas? Who helped them figure out the best fit for their gifting and skills? In other words, Who prepares the way for missionaries to go to the field?
I believe Isaiah 62:10 is a command for all of us. God calls each of us to be road builders – involved in the task of making disciples of all nations. As John Piper says, we have three choices, “Go, Send or Disobey.”
Is God calling you to Go? Or Send? Not sure? A great first step is to grab your Bible and a copy of Operation World, gather regularly with some friends and ask God to reveal how he wants to use you to make disciples of all nations.
About the Author
Michael Rodgers lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Jan, a professional Mediator. They have 3 children, Lauren (24), Seth (22) and Ben (18). He currently serves as the NavMissions Director of International Mobilization with The US Navigators.