The year is 1917. The world finds itself being swallowed up in war—“The War to End All Wars”—and young Americans begin to hear and heed the call. It is a call to arms, a call to volunteer, and a call to defend our most precious possession as Americans. Freedom. In the midst of this setting, the call takes on the form of a recruitment poster that has become famous throughout the world. The poster depicts a personified nation (we call him “Uncle Sam”) aiming a finger of call at his audience with the caption, “I want you for the United States Army,” boldly proclaiming the call.

From time to time we have a call that rises from the church. It is not personified in a poster inspiring the hearts of Christians, but it is a compelling call. When God wants a job done, He sends His Holy Spirit to call out the person or people who are right for the job. The call is one that is evident to the person called as well as to the Body of Christ—the church.

For WWI soldiers, the answer was to enlist and become part of the armed forces that helped protect the world as we know it. For the Body of Christ, the call is addressed by those who volunteer to be sent and by the Church herself as she sends out the ones set apart. The Holy Spirit wants you to send, and He wants you to go. How will we respond to the call?

“Then after they had fasted, prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them off.” (Acts 13:3)