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Will you take their place? (by Mark Tolson)

We don’t know the outcome from the recent events yet, but if our American missionary friends were forced to leave the country over the next few days, who would take their place? Would you?

Would you be willing to say, I will go in their place? If these missionaries are banned from reentering the country, would you be willing to leave all, like they did, to go and continue the work they started?

These men don’t live like other men. They are living their dreams, that of taking the gospel to those who have never heard. They aren’t simply dreaming about doing something great for God, but God is doing something great through them. They were born for this. Even through persecution, they are living the dream.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” (T. E. Lawrence)

Which kind of dreamer are you? Are you living out your life to the fullest for the glory of God? Are you taking dangerous steps to do what it takes to get the gospel to those who have never heard? Are you willing to fill the shoes of those who have treaded the path before you and continue towards a bold ministry that will shake China to the core and possibly get you kicked out?

Who will take their place?

Have you seen these events over the past few days and wondered why would one be willing to do this. Or maybe you are like the Chinese man I talk with a few days ago who was wondering why I was wasting my life with this religion.

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” (Nate Saint, Missionary Martyr)

What if our American missionary friends aren’t forced to leave, but continue to work within China… who will be awakened to the great need in China and take the message to parts where there is yet a witness of the gospel. Who will make commitments like these men have to put it all on the line for the sake of the gospel?

“Lord, I give up
All my own plans and purposes,
All my own desires and hopes
And accept Thy will for my life.
I give myself, my life, my all,
Utterly to Thee
To be Thine forever.
Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit.
Use me as Thou wilt,
Send me where Thou wilt,
Work out Thy whole will in my life
At any cost,
Now and forever.
(Betty Scott Stam, Martyred in China in the 1930s)

This post isn’t very popular and inside you are screaming, but what about our lives? what about our rights? what about our freedom? what about our family? what about the persecution? what about…

And like those who have gone on before us we simple say: “We died before we came here.” (J.Calvert)

Will you die? Will you go? Will you start living the dream?

 

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