John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
The following hymn was written by Margaret Clarkson after she meditated on this verse. I wonder if we take seriously the call to missions. I was reminded of this hymn by my friend, Paul Taube, missionary to India. It has been on my heart and mind since we talked about it!
This is the true spirit of serving Christ. It is taking up our cross and going forth with Him to serve, suffer, die, or whatever He has in mind. Read these words and let me know what you think!
So send I you to labor unrewarded,
To serve unpaid, unloved, unsought, unknown,
To bear rebuke, to suffer scorn and scoffing-
So send I you to toil for Me alone.
So send I you to bind the bruised and broken,
O’er wand’ring souls to work, to weep, to wake,
To bear the burdens of a world aweary-
So send I you to suffer for My sake.
So send I you to loneliness and longing,
With heart ahung’ring for the loved and known,
Forsaking home and kindred, friend and dear one-
So send I you to know My love alone.
So send I you to leave your life’s ambition,
To die to dear desire, self-will resign,
To labor long, and love where men revile you-
So send I you to lose your life in Mine.
So send I you to hearts made hard by hatred,
To eyes made blind because they will not see,
To spend, tho’ it be blood, to spend and spare not-
So send I you to taste of Calvary.