During most of the year of 1991, I was preparing to go to Old Mexico as a missionary. As an Independent Baptist, I had to go on "deputation". This means that, since there was no single Independent Baptist agency that sanctions and supports missionaries, I had to go to churches and seek their individual support. Basically, if they liked me and were convinced that I was sincere in my calling, they would promise to contribute a certain amount of money each month toward my financial support. Of course there are advantages and disadvantages to this method.
Often, as I was speaking with the pastor or one of the members, either before or after the service, this assertion would be made: "Bro. Weaver, if you spend your whole life in Mexico and just one soul gets saved, it will be worth it all." Now, nobody would want to disagree with a statement like that, least of all a missionary seeking financial support. However, this was always my response: "Since I am going to Mexico in obedience to the call of God, and since the power to save is not mine anyway( I can only deliver a message. Only God can call and covert my hearers), and since it is all for His glory; if I spend my whole life there in obedience to my Lord and no one gets saved, it will still be worth it all. "
How's that for a long and controversial sentence?
Feel free to question it, comment on it, or criticize it.
Thank God, some were saved! It certainly wasn't because of me, though. God, in His great mercy, quickened the hearts and ears of some to hear and understand a gringo preaching in Spanish with a Tennessee hillbilly accent, the Gospel of Christ. One of those eventually became my daughter- in- law(Jeremy's wife, Magaly).
It really is "Worth it all".