"I am sending you." -- John 20:21 NIV
Gladys Aylward was just a simple woman who did what she believed God called her to do. During the 1930s she left her home in England and sailed to China. Here she opened a home for orphaned children who'd been left to starve or wander the streets until the government placed them in wretched warehouses. She'd read the Scripture, "If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed… The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs" (Isaiah 58:10-11 NIV). When the Japanese invaded China, Gladys was forced to flee. She ended up trekking through the Chinese countryside for 12 days with 100 children in her care. In the face of extreme difficulty and danger she devoted her life to becoming a mother to each of them. Years later when she was publicly honoured, she explained her amazing work like this: "I did not choose this. I was led into it by God. I'm not really more interested in children than I am in other people. But God gave me to understand that this is what He wanted me to do - so I did it!"
Jesus said, "As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you" (John 20:21 NIV). The mission Jesus had while on earth, is now our mission. "All of us must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the One who sent Me, for there is little time left" (John 9:4 TLB).
William James said, "The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it." Only the Kingdom of God is going to last; everything else will eventually perish. To fulfill your kingdom-purpose here on earth is to have lived well, and lived successfully!
When I escaped death after the vehicular accident, I believe in myself that I still have unfinished business here on earth and that God has something for me to do. Whatever it may be I pray to God for His guidance and wisdom for me to know His will and have the courage and ability to do His will for His glory.