In my recent reading, Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper shares a letter that Adoniram Judson, missionary for Burma, wrote to his fiance father, asking for her partnership in marriage and missions:
I have to now ask, whether you can consent to part with your daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of him who left his heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?
Her father let her decide. She said YES!
What a statement of faith and complete TRUST in God! I got to thinking about us: youth pastors, lead pastors, parents, spouses, students, and the like. We all are in the SENDING business. Parenting, Mentoring, & Discipleship are all temporary. People come and people GO. And one day, whether we like it or not, we will have to let someone go. That’s what we pray and prophesy over each of them, isn’t it? Go into all the world (Matthew 28:19), even at the risk of their lives. Yes, it’s HARD! These, though, become the arrows out of the quiver that will KNOW the true Christ and will passionately make Him KNOWN around the world. This is missions. A generation that will not only save the world, but also will save the church. CAN YOU CONSENT?