Writing from Burma in a letter to his grown-up sons who were studying in Worcester, Massachusetts, the first sent American missionary, Adoniram Judson, called them to a relentless obedience to God’s Word.“Go on, my dear boys, and not rest until you have made your calling and election sure. I believe that you both and Abby Ann will become true Christians, and meet me in heaven; for I never pray without praying for your conversion, and I think I pray in faith. Go to school, attend to your studies, be good scholars, try to get a good education; but, O, heaven is all. Life, life, eternal life! Without this, without an interest in the Lord of life, you are lost, lost forever. Dear Adoniram, give your heart at once to the Savior. Don’t go to sleep without doing it. Try, try for your life. Don’t mind what anybody may say to the contrary, nor how much foolish boys may laugh at you. Love the dear Savior, who has loved you unto death. Dear sons, so soon as you have a good hope in Christ that your sins are pardoned, and that Christ loves you, urge your pastor and the church to baptize and receive you into communion. They will hold back, thinking you are too young, and must give more evidence. But don’t be discouraged. Push on. Determine to do it. Determine to stand by Christ, come what will.”
Eward Judson, The Life of Adoniram Judson, 523. Also quoted in Francis Wayland, A Memoir of Adoniram Judson, vol. 2:307-308.
How earnest are you and I about the salvation of our loved ones?
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