Get Ready, Get Set, GO!

Screenshot-96So you are called to go out on the road for Jesus, to be a witness of his love and grace! We are talking about being a mobile witness here. Everyone should be sharing Jesus every day wherever they are but we are talking about heading out in some mobile way (RV!) for days, weeks, or months at a time with the express purpose of being a witness to anyone the Lord brings you to.

If that is what you feel led to do, praise God, you are SO BLESSED! It is very exciting to think about going around from one supernatural encounter to the next ministering the Word of God, seeing souls saved, people healed, lives changed. What a life! What a privilege!

So, WHAT DO YOU DO NOW? You probably won’t just jump in your car with a pillow and a blanket and head out although there are some who do that! God bless them! Anyone instructed by the Lord to do that should obey but it is far more likely that you are going to have to take a bit of time to process the call and prepare yourself for the journey.

What does God want you to do? Answer that question and you are half way there! Philippians 2:13 says, “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.” Can you say that you are convinced that your desire to be a campground witness is from the Lord? If so, then you are promised the power to do whatever he is calling you to do and you will succeed in ways you probably cannot imagine.

So, here is just a little list of things to think about. The Holy Spirit will lead you to know how each one should be handled and you absolutely need to follow his leading! Think about each one, pray about it seeking wisdom! James tells us in his epistle that we can be SURE of getting that wisdom! James 1:5-6 “If you need wisdom – if you want to know what God wants you to do – ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” Ask for wisdom until you get it.

  1.  Are you prepared to lead someone to Jesus? To pray for the sick? To pray and proclaim the Word of God with confidence? You need to be filled with the Holy Spirit so you can live a holy life, resist the devil, and minister the Word of God with confidence. Acts 1:8 says, “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power and will tell people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
  2. What means of support do you have? Do you know what it will cost you to live out there? You need a budget and a source of income. Luke 14:28-30: “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first getting estimates and then checking to see if there is enough money to pay the bills? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of funds. And then how everyone would laugh at you! They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and ran out of money before it was finished!’” The Lord is not talking about BUILDINGS here… you need to KNOW how you will live. Some go off with nothing and live by faith and that is perfect… IF that is what the Holy Spirit says to do. Otherwise, make a budget and have a plan for the source of income.
  3. What about the countless responsibilities you have to others there at home? You cannot just get up and walk away from the things in your life that God gave you stewardship over. Proverbs 21:5 guides us, “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.”  You need to know how you will fulfill all those responsibilities or you need to make sure that someone else will take care of them for you. You have to make arrangements to take care of all kinds of things from property to insurance to who will teach your Sunday School class! There are a thousand resources online about handling all the stuff from getting mail on the road to insurance that covers you everywhere. Every person has a different list of these kind of responsibilities, you need to consider yours so that you will be FREE out there following the leading of the Holy Spirit! You need to know how you will, “take care of your business!”
  4. Who will pray for you? Missionaries know that a home base of sending praying people sustain them day to day. You need at least your pastor to send you out and a few friends to pray regularly for you. Acts 13:2-3 say, “One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work I have for them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” Come on, getting a few friends to pray for you is not a big deal and keeping them informed is easy with Facebook and email!
  5. How will you communicate? A phone may be enough for what you want but likely you will want more. A tablet or laptop is handy. Consider that you may need a hotspot plan for your phone. There are so many resources available online that help you to do everything from prepare a devotion to change the starter on your generator! You need to stay connected.
  6. Where will you find fellowship and avoid loneliness? You need like minded brothers and sisters to encourage and to encourage you. Groups like Campers For Christ Ministries can provide a source of friends and relationships that sustain you at times. Facebook and RVillage can help with different groups of people to connect to as you go around. We ALL need others with similar direction in their lives at times. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble. And on a cold night, two under the same blanket can gain warmth from each other. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
  7. Is your gear ready? Is your RV prepared for the journey you plan? Do you have a plan for living every day? If you have a 40 foot motorhome, good for you. If you have a tent, good for you too BUT you may need a camp stove and a skillet and a cooler and a water jug and so many other things. Even the guys with all the money and big rigs have a lot of things to prepare. Make your plan and prepare your equipment.
  8. Finally for this blog, you probably will need to think through the changes in your life regarding things like your family relationships, banking, mail service, pets, weather, destinations, and a hundred other things. Just take a little time and think about some of the things you will encounter and decide if you need to prepare for those things. Don’t be anxious or worry about those things though. Most of the fun out there is finding out how well prepared the Lord is for all the things you didn’t think about.

THEN GO! The adventure is waiting, the many opportunities will surprise you, the victories will amaze you, and the many trials will build your faith until you are complete in Christ, ready to do anything. James 1:2-4 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything.”

God bless you as you go along CAMPING IN THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS!

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