How I’ve Been Wrong About Missionaries

There are many who have given themselves to Christ, yet who see no opportunity of doing a large work or making great sacrifices in His service. These may find comfort in the thought that it is not necessarily the martyr’s self-surrender which is most acceptable to God; it may not be the missionary who has daily faced danger and death that stands highest in heaven’s records. The Christian who is such in his private life, in the daily surrender of self, in sincerity of purpose and purity of thought, in meekness under provocation, in faith and piety, in fidelity in that which is least, the one who in the home life represents the character of Christ—such a one may in the sight of God be more precious than even the world-renowned missionary or martyr. – Christ’s Object Lessons 403.2

Isaiah 57:15 – For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit.”

It’s so easy to look at missionaries and think, “They’re doing such a great work. God must love them so much.” Or, for those of us not in full-time ministry, it can be tempting to look at people who are being ‘really effective for God’ and feel that our Christian experience cannot be on the same level. This type of thinking is dangerous and makes Satan quite happy.

We shouldn’t look at the good works of others as a measuring rod of our own Christian experience.

2 Corinthians 10:12 – For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

What others do is beside the point. All God has every asked of us individually to do is to be faithful to Him in our own lives. As we stay close to Him, and draw our strength, purpose, and principles of living from Him, we can draw as close to God, or closer, than any other Christian, no matter how many stories we hear about such an individual. What a promise! Let us purpose to draw closer to God believing that our circumstances don’t limit His love for us.

Lamentations 3:25 – The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

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