Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Put the gospel first

One remembers what an aging Christian said to John G. Paton in the last century when Paton was planning to go as a missionary to the South Sea Islands. "You will be eaten by Cannibals!" Paton was warned.

Paton replied, "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 honouring 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 arise as fair as yours in the likeness as our risen Redeemer." Put the gospel first.

From D.A. Carson's book Basics for Believers (Philippians)

1 comment:

Kristy said...

Well, if that doesn't just sum it up pretty well.

Are you reading Crazy Love along with Heather? Because I just finished chapter 2 as part of my preparation for next Monday, and it made me just kind of sit back and think. Same kind of idea - our lives are so minisicule, and so not about us at all.