C.M.S Commission to a Missionary in Japan (1890)
C.M.S Commission to a missionary in Japan (1890).
1. Your primary work is to make known Christ by making known the Gospel. Be sure that the great enemy will do his utmost to divert you from this. Sometimes he attempts this diversion by causing you to be too much engrossed by indirect work. Sometimes by causing a fancied or a real necessity for toil and labour of a totally different kind. It may be well, after you have acquired the language, to ask yourselves at the close of every week: “How many hours have I spent this week in actually setting forth Christ to the heathen?”
2. Remember it is God’s work. Nothing can be done except in the power of the Holy Ghost. “Take heed to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” is a divine command and must on no account be neglected. But yet you must speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teacheth but which the Spirit teacheth.
3. Do not think that missionary activity of itself keeps down the flesh or keeps far the tempter. Rather the reverse. You challenge the prince of darkness by invading his realms. That challenge he accepts. Only through walking by the Spirit will you overcome the flesh. Want of brotherly love, selfishness, worldliness, and spiritual coldness, can only be kept off, and the opposite graces attained, as both consciously and unconsciously you are led by the Spirit and abide in Christ. But for these things you will ask; in doing so, you will know that you are asking according to His will; and you will therefore know that you have the petitions which you ask.
— From the Reward of Faith in the Life of Barclay Buxton.