Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)
Indeed, God is faithful to accomplish His purposes in and through our broken lives. I firmly believe that your prayer has motivated me to relentlessly pursue God’s calling to train Christian leaders. I extend my heartfelt gratitude for your generous prayer and support for our graduates. On the way to the mission field, I grabbed a biography of Christian missionaries and it was worth reading to rejuvenate my commitment to the Lord and His people.
After the death of his beloved wife, out of deep agony and distress, David Livingstone wrote to his friend Rev. Waller, “my dear friend, the news of the departure of my life partner has weakened me so much that I find it difficult to continue the work I have been doing.” Realizing how depressed Livingstone had become, Rev. Waller tried to console him in his reply, “Dear David Livingstone, I can very well understand your mind-set. But remember that the work you are doing is ten times more important. If you cannot complete it, you will have to regret while looking back from the horizon of eternity.” These words greatly inspired Livingstone to stay focused in the God-given mission to transform the lives of people in Africa.
While travelling to different states of India for the graduation of Mission India Bible Colleges, I was reminded of the legacy of David Livingstone, missionary to Africa. As I was praying for all the graduates of Mission India Theological Seminary and Bible colleges, I was overly concerned thinking about their future ministries and the amount of sacrifices they will have to pay for the sake of God’s kingdom. Local opposition, lack of financial resources, family challenges, etc. will surely become a part of their daily faith journey in the mission field. As I continued to ponder on the story of David Livingstone, an unfathomable peace replaced my fear and concern for the graduates. His sacrifices became insignificant when I comprehended the impact he could exert in the African communities. Jesus vividly unfolds the secret of successful harvesting in Christian ministry which is found in John chapter 12.
There were a group of Greeks who wanted to see Jesus but never intended to follow him. In the context of the prerequisite to become His follower, Jesus said, if you love your life down here, you will lose it. If you despise your life down here, you will exchange it for eternal glory. Commitment for Christian ministry demands complete obedience to count the earthly life as a kernel which needs to fall in the ground for further germination and fruitful harvest. A life that is not willing to die for Christ sake will never be able to witness promising results in the ministry. If you flip the pages of Christian history, you can witness how tremendous ministry progress occurred where there was some amount of sacrifice made for Christ in response to His love. This is my sincere prayer for all the graduates of Mission India Theological Seminary and Bible colleges that, they will internalize this essential truth of Christian calling and persevere in their pursuit of God and commitment towards ministries regardless of any sort of challenges. The world needs committed missionaries like David Livingstone to possess unwavering obedience to reconcile the humankind with God. And at the same time, the need for motivators like Rev.Waller in this perishing world is undeniable. When we stand at the horizon of eternity and look back, then, what do we see? I encourage all of you to continue to pray and support RIMI and Mission India as we make all possible efforts to prepare Christian leaders who will make an impact in this world like David Livingstone.
Prayer of the Day: “Dear Lord, make me an instrument of peace in this broken world”
Quote of the Day: “The world is yet to see what God can do through a man who has surrendered himself completely to God’s hand” (Henry Warley)