“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
This Scripture had a significant impact on Anthony Norris Groves in making his decision to carry the gospel to the Islamic world. It was 1829 when he headed to Baghdad, believing that God had sent him there. With no mission board behind him, no regular salary, no ordination or church denomination, no knowledge of the language or culture, Groves went on the promises of God.
Groves had a heart taught to love everyone he met, regardless of their background, and a vision to take the promises of God and His love personally to those who knew nothing of such love.
You may not have read or heard of Groves, but he had significant influence on men and women like Watchman Nee, George Müller, Hudson Taylor, C. T. Studd, Jim Elliot, Amy Carmichael, and many others. I will share a bit of his life in the days ahead. It should inspire us to consider carefully who we are serving. Is the Lord your ONLY Master?
Father of Faith Missions – The Life and Times of Anthony Norris Groves, Robert Bernard Dann, Authentic Media, 2004.