After calling around 25 of our families with Macedonia yesterday, (I will try to call the rest of you today!), I woke up with this thought on my heart.
In Luke 11:5-13 we find the story of a man who goes to his friend at a late hour for bread because he has a visitor. This man gives him bread because of his importunity. The man would not stop knocking and asking! We then hit the familiar verses of Ask, seek, knock and the promise of seeking, finding and having the door opened.
Deputation and getting meetings is not for the flashy, "gifted", etc. It is for the importunate. Those that will not get discouraged with 35 calls in a row of nothing but answering machines. Those who understand that being turned down or delayed for a meeting is just part of the process of finding those churches God has set aside for your support.
Have you already quit making phone calls and we are not even in the middle of January? Did you start off on fire....for the first ten minutes and then got a "belly full"? Some missionaries have very few meetings while others are already booked through half of '08. Why? The main thing is not the color of their hair, how tall they are or what church they are from. Some choose to knock and others choose to sit on the door step. Which are you?
May I encourage you today to just keep on knocking! I did not say be obnoxious. You have thousands of contacts to call. There are more states than just Georgia and North Carolina. God loves us so much. Verse 13 says how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? May the Holy Spirit lead and guide you as you knock, knock, knock through telephone calls today.
Hey, you might be like one guy I talked with yesterday. In one day he booked seven meetings. I think the record is around 12 but I would take seven any day of the week! You knock and see what God does today! God bless each of you.