In 1799, U.S. Marine Captain William Jones requested, “The Continental ship Providence, now lying at Boston, is bound on a short cruise, immediately; a few good men are wanted to make up her complement.”* From this, the Marines got the slogan, “The Few – The Proud – The Marines,” and, “The Marines are looking for a few good men.” (*WeAreTheMighty.com)
Many great victories have been won by a small group of well-trained individuals. Gideon had his 300 soldiers, King David had his 37 mighty men, and Jesus had 12 disciples and 3 special disciples.
Who, Me? – Gideon was called a “mighty man of valour” (Judges 6:12), but he hesitated to accept the leadership and direction God had given. Be sure that God knows you better than you know yourself. His plans are always best! There comes a time when you ask yourself, “Why am I here on Earth? What is my purpose? Will my life make a difference?” It is time to accept the challenge to surrender your life to serve the Lord. As a grain of wheat must first die before it can bring forth much fruit (John 12:24), you can accomplish God’s best only when you surrender your personal wants and desires to Him. The Lord is looking for a few good men and women who are willing to give so they can gain, to die to self so they can truly live, and to serve God so they can be greatly used by Him.
Whom Does God Use? (Hebrews 11)
God Uses One – Noah obeyed God when the whole world around him would perish. Abraham followed and trusted God for his future, location, and direction. You cannot decide for others, but you can surrender your own life to the Lord.
God Uses a Few – The Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith” lists only 16 names, and others remain nameless. There have always been a few people willing to follow God and lead others to also follow Him.
God Uses the Weak – Sarah believed God would give her children in her old age. It was impossible, but it happened! Rahab hid Israeli spies and helped Israel win a great victory. God often chooses to use average, weak, or untalented people to accomplish His work (1 Cor.1:27).
God Uses the Willing – “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not” (2 Cor. 8:12). Are you willing to let God use you? Would you like to see God accomplish great things through your life?
Consider Missionary Ministry
Deaf people remain one of the most unreached and misunderstood people groups in the world. Not everyone sees this need, but some do. Not everyone is called, but some are. Not everyone can become a missionary, but some can. Jesus said, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few” (Mat. 9:37). Workers are needed!
A few good men and women are needed to give their lives to tell Deaf people about Jesus Christ, to teach the Bible to Deaf people, to go places no one else wants to go, to live like no one else, and also receive the reward that no one else will receive.
SWM needs a Few Good Men and Women for the mission field to reach Deaf people worldwide.
So, I ask you now. Will you give your life to serve the Lord in the deaf ministry or deaf missions? I cannot promise a life of ease, but a life of constant activity (going and doing while others stay home), hardship (working while others rest), loneliness (serving while others do not understand), and sacrifice (not having a big house, fancy car, fame, or luxurious retirement). But I can also promise you a life of faith, depending on the Lord for your needs; trust, seeing the Lord guide you; and variety, as you pioneer into new areas as He leads. Come, serve, and see.
Come Soar With Us! Contact me for more information. Request free pamphlet, “The Person God Uses,” by Ted Camp.