I’m currently reading through Daniel. Today I was focusing on these amazing and deeply challenging words from chapter 3: “But even if he does not [save Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the fiery furnance], we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image you have set up.” (3:18)
Nate Saint (1923-56) who was eventually martyred as a missionary to the Auca Indians in Ecuador said:
“The way I see it, we ought to be willing to die. In the military, we were taught that to obtain our objectives we had to be willing to be expendable. Missionaries face that same expendability”.
I would replace the word missionary with the word Christian!
“How great are my obligations to spend and be spent for Christ! What a privilege to be allowed to serve him … and suffer for him … But in myself, I am absolute nothingness. … Soon we shall be in heaven. Oh let us live as we shall then wish we had done!”