Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Not Called?

"While sailing to the New Hebrides John Patton lead the Captain of the ship to Christ. At the close of the voyage John made it clear to the Captain the Island he wished to be let off on. The Captain knowing the Island was filled with head hunting cannibals refused saying they would be dead in minutes of arriving on the Island. John Patton boldly stated to the Captain. "Sir, we died before we came!"
-John Patton
"It will not do to say that you have no special call to go to China. With these facts before you and with the command of the Lord Jesus to go and preach the gospel to every creature, you need rather to ascertain whether you have a special call to stay at home."
-Hudson Taylor
"You wonder why people choose fields away from the States when young people at home are drifting because no one wants to take time to listen to their problems. I'll tell you why I left. Because those Stateside young people have every opportunity to study, hear, and understand the Word of God in their own language, and these Indians have no opportunity whatsoever. I have had to make a cross of two logs, and lie down on it, to show the Indians what it means to crucify a man. When there is that much ignorance over here and so much knowledge and opportunity over there, I have no question in my mind why God sent me here. Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it---while these never heard of such a thing as writing."
-Jim Elliot
"Answering a student's question, 'Will the heathen who have not heard the Gospel be saved?' thus, 'It is more a question with me whether we, who have the Gospel and fail to give it to those who have not, can be saved."
- Charles Spurgeon
For an excellent article on the 'why' of missions, be sure to read this. If read with an an open heart, it will dispel any notion that each and every Christian is not called to be a missionary. Home or abroad, it is the very heartbeat of God. For another great quote, be sure to also read this post.

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6 comments:

Rachel Marie said...

Awesome post!

I just LOVE those quotes!!!

Say, did you go right over to ChristianQuotes.org...?! ;-D Just wondering! ;-)

I love those pictures that you got of China, and what looks like Tibet... It looks just like some pictures that a Chinese friend of mine in China has sent me of mission trips to Tibet.
(Sigh)
Leaves me wishing I was indeed there myself! :-D

'When there is that much ignorance over here and so much knowledge and opportunity over there, I have no question in my mind why God sent me here. Those whimpering Stateside young people will wake up on the Day of Judgment condemned to worse fates than these demon-fearing Indians, because, having a Bible, they were bored with it---'

Wow! Truly, we ALL are called... just in different ways, and different places.

Thanks for posting, Andrea!

Rachel Marie said...

::PS!::

I just added this post to the list-descriptions in my recent post on 'More for Bloggers.' ;-)

Blessings and Thanks!

Becc@ said...

Great post, Andrea!
I LOVE those quotes! Thanks so much for linking to mine.=)

God Bless!

Andrea said...

Yes, Rachel I did! Thanks SO much for referring that site. It sure is an awesome place! Thanks for the link too!

You're welcome, Becca! It's my pleasure to link to places that encourage, inspire, motivate, challenge, and convict! Keep pressing forward!

Blessings to both of you!

Ryebread said...

"In the harvest field now ripened
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! the voice of God is calling
To the harvest calling you.

Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame.
There’s a crown—and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ Name.


In the mad rush of the broad way,
In the hurry and the strife,
Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
Give to them the Word of Life.

Does the place you’re called to labor
Seem too small and little known?
It is great if God is in it,
And He’ll not forget His own.

Are you laid aside from service,
Body worn from toil and care?
You can still be in the battle,
In the sacred place of prayer.

When the conflict here is ended
And our race on earth is run,
He will say, if we are faithful,
'Welcome home, My child—well done!'"

Bethany said...

Wonderful post -- great quotes. The first one especially strikes me -- "We died before we came." Isn't that how we all should be living out our lives?!