In regards to my previous post, I feel it to be necessary to provide an excerpt from the mentioned section of A.W. Tozer’s Living As A Christian. If you are considering going on an international short-term mission trip to spread the glory of God in the gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, yet you are hesitating due to fear of promised danger by our Lord Jesus, consider these thoughts and exhortations of Tozer.
In response to the question of “Can physical injury harm us?” Tozer gives examples of missionaries who were martyred and answers this question of fear within us:
“Years ago, some missionaries were martyred, and it gave the printing presses, old maid poets and tear-jerking preachers ammunition for the next five years. The missionaries were killed for Christ’s sake. They were not hurt at all, just made to kneel down, lean over, and they cut their heads off, but did not get to them. They did not get to the spirit of them, they never got through to the essence of them though they cut off their heads. And now they are with the Lord, and the souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, and no evil shall harm them…We make a great to-do if somebody in the course of his duty dies on the battlefield of the faith. That ought to be taken in stride as a matter of course, and when a man goes, we ought to sing, ‘Hosanna to Jesus on high, another has entered his rest, another has escaped to the sky and is lost in Emmanuel’s breast.’ Nobody is harmed when he is killed, nobody is injured when he dies if he is a Christian.” (A.W. Tozer, Living as a Christian, p. 162-163)
Do not be hindered from world missions because of a fear of death. Death does not harm us. Christ conquered death and has made us more than conquerors in Him. Death only leads us into greater glory and a fullness of satisfaction and joy in God. May we crave this while living out His mission intentionally and daily.
By His Grace — For His Glory — For our Joy