While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. (Acts 13:2-4)

When considering any ministry opportunity, every believer should ask: Am I sent out or simply going?

Having parents who were missionaries, I often heard an interesting adage: “Momma called and Daddy sent.” It referred to parents wanting their children to follow their footsteps into Christian service. However, God’s gifts and calling for each person are as specifically unique as fingerprints.

Sure it would be a blessing to see children following their parents into Christian ministry of some sort. However, there is a vast difference between following your own vision and being called and sent by God’s Holy Spirit.

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