While perusing through Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper yesterday, I came across a beautiful quotation. It was written by Adoniram Judson, who after courting a certain Ann Hasseltine (who would later become his wife), wrote the following letter to her father.
"I have now to ask, whether you can consent to part with you daughter early next spring, to see her no more in this world; whether you can consent to her departure, and her subjection to the hardships and sufferings of missionary life; whether you can consent to her exposure to the dangers of the ocean, to the fatal influence of the southern climate of India; to every kind of want and distress; to degradation, insult, persecution, and perhaps a violent death. Can you consent to all this, for the sake of Him who left His heavenly home, and died for her and for you; for the sake of perishing, immortal souls; for the sake of Zion, and the glory of God? Can you consent to all this, in hope of soon meeting your daughter in the world of glory, with the crown of righteousness, brightened with the acclamations of praise which shall redound to her Savior from heathens saved, through her means, from eternal woe and despair?"
Both Adoniram and Ann Judson understood and accepted the cost of following Christ, wherever He might lead, whatever it might include.
If the Lord invited me to journey with Him, leaving friends and family, the comforts of home, and the promise of safety, would I willingly accept? Do I have such a high view of God and a fervent desire to see His name exalted among the nations that no sacrifice would be too high?
May the Lord grow a willing heart of faith within each one of us, for His glory and the furtherance of His precious kingdom!