Adoniram Judson was born in 1788, and at age 25 became the first Protestant missionary sent from North America. He served for 40 years in Burma - present day Myanmar. He went with the goal of translating the Bible, and founding a church of 100 members before his death.
God had much bigger plans for Adoniram than he had for himself. His life was not one of ease; he had many set backs and went through extreme difficulty. When he died he had translated the Bible into the local language, planted 100 churches, and saw over 8,000 souls receive Christ.
This week starts Missions’ Conference. I have been part of ten BBC Missions’ Conferences, and I have seen God do some great things in these meetings. We have raised millions of dollars in faith promise the last ten years, and we have given thousands from the floor in our impromptu offerings. These are amazing occurrences in which we have the blessing of taking part. I hope you will decide to be a part of this week. Invest your time and pray about what God would have you and your family do in the way faith promise giving.
Adoniram Judson famously said, “There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has suffered before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after. “
We are blessed because of the sacrifice of others. I sit in an office that I did not pay for as I write these thoughts, and each Sunday I worship in a building that was built by the sacrifice of others. For the last ten years I have taught in a Sunday school building that I did nothing to contribute to its finish. I have the tools for success given by the sacrifice of others. The question we must ask ourselves is this: what am I sacrificing for today? Who will succeed due to my sacrifice? If you are not actively giving to missions I encourage you to take part in it. Your sacrifice will be to the benefit of others; we all are benefiting due to someone else’s sacrifice. You may say, “Not me!” I encourage you to go the cross. We all are benefiting due to His sacrifice!
Committed to Christ,