Oswald J. Sanders told the story of a missionary at a Finisher Project meeting in 1992 when Sanders was eighty-nine. He said that an indigenous missionary walked barefoot from village to village preaching the gospel in India. After a long day of many miles and much discouragement, he came to a certain village and tried to speak the gospel, but was spurned. So he went to the edge of the village dejected and lay down under a tree and slept from exhaustion.
When he awoke, the whole town was gathered to hear him. The head man of the village explained that they had looked him over while he was sleeping. When they saw his blistered feet, they concluded that he must be a holy man and that they had been evil to reject him. They were sorry and wanted to hear the message for which he was willing to suffer so much to bring them.
Piper, John, Let the Nations Be Glad – The Supremacy of God in Missions, Baker Academic 2003, pages 92-93.
What marks do people see in our lives that make our message of the gospel authentic?
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