Captured by a Call


“When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ.”  —  1 Corinthians 9:22

There is nothing more inspiring than someone who is willing to make a great sacrifice to save other people. Many of us carry heroic dreams in our hearts but aren’t willing to make the sacrifices it takes to make them a reality.

When we read about someone who has paid a great price for a just cause, we are reminded of greatness. For example, most of us are impressed with the apostle Paul, who was so overwhelmed when Jesus chose him that he was willing to pay any price–even his own death, if it came to that–to take the good news to all the world.

Throughout the history of Christianity, there are many examples of those who were willing to sacrifice everything in order to reach others for Jesus. Here is one lesser-known but incredible example:

During the nineteenth century a group of missionaries in what is now Surinam in South America wanted to reach the inhabitants of a nearby island with the good news. Most of the islanders were slaves on the large plantations that covered the island. The plantation owners feared the good news and its results and would not allow others to talk with slaves.

So the missionaries sold themselves into slavery in order to take the good news to the islanders. Working in bondage in the harsh conditions of a tropical climate, they reached many with the good news.

Today, ask yourself what kind of sacrifices you are willing to make for the cause of Christ. Are you willing to give yourself–your personal comfort and safety, even your life for the good of others?

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