After Henry Martyn had completed a brilliant education as a student, the Lord called him to serve abroad.
“Though several attractive, lucrative vocations were open to him, he said, ‘Here I am, Lord: send me to the ends of the earth. Send me even to death itself if it but be in Thy service and in Thy kingdom!’
When he fell deeply in love with a girl named Lydia, he told her of his call from God to live and minister in India. Was this agreeable to her? he asked, and pleaded that it might be. But it was not. If he would stay in England, he could have her as his bride; if he went to India, he must do without her.
The question came like a drumbeat in his brain—India or Lydia? Lydia or India? Henry Martyn was a mastered man, …constrained by the love of Christ. The mastery was his in a crisis involving a crucial choice.
‘My dear Lydia and my duty call me different ways, yet God has not forsaken me. I am born for God only, and Christ is nearer to me than father or mother or sister.’ So he went to India to ‘burn out for God.’ ”
Olford, S. F., & Olford, D. L. (1998). Anointed Expository Preaching. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.
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