As Adoniram Judson (missionary to Burma) came to the end of his life in 1850, “he lifted his head from the pillow and told Emily (his wife): “I have gained the victory at last. I love every one of Christ’s redeemed, as I believe He would have me love them.” Such love for the Burmese people had sustained him through unbelievable trials so they might have the gospel in their own language. Even today, the Burmese/Myanmar people use the Bible translation that Judson worked so hard to produce. His labor was not in vain in the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58)!
Paul felt the same way. “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised” (2 Corinthians 5:14–15). Such love makes us “ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us” (5:20).
Is the love of Christ controlling your mission and ministry? Your audience should sense Christ’s love in the message and ministry of the gospel. Make sure that your motivation is not a man-made agenda, or an organization driven program. This results in converts following people, not Christ.
Anderson, Courtney, To the Golden Shore – The Life of Adoniram Judson, Judson Press, 1987, page 496.
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