One of my favourite missionaries is John Paton. When Paton wanted to be a missionary to New Hebrides, one of the men in his home Church famously criticised his desire saying, “You will be eaten by cannibals!” In reply John said:
Mr. Dickson, you are advanced in years now, and your own prospect is soon to be laid in the grave, there to be eaten by worms; I confess to you, that if I can but live and die serving and honoring the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by Cannibals or by worms; and in the Great Day my Resurrection body will rise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer.
John Piper has an excellent summary of the biography of John Paton.
How do you fight for joy in your Christian Life? Unless you approach it from a correct understanding of the victory achieved by Christ, you are lost.
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In the process of being crucified, Jesus rebuked the use of the sword (Matthew 26:52) healed his enemy’s amputated ear (Luke 22:51), prayed for the forgiveness of his murderers (Luke 23:34), and sent his followers out to love their enemies and do good to those who hate them (Luke 6:27).
~ John Piper on the recent Qur’an burning in Florida.