When Augustine handed over the leadership of his church in A.D. 426, his successor was so overwhelmed by a sense of inadequacy that he declared, "The swan is silent," fearing the spiritual giant's voice would be lost to time. But for 1,600 years Augustine has not been silent - and neither have those who faithfully trumpeted the cause of Christ after him. Their lives have inspired every generation of believers and should compel us to a greater passion for God.
Getting God's Word into the common man's language was Tyndale's driving passion. He would be viciously opposed, falsely accused imprisoned, and Martyred for his commitment. Yet, motivated by Christ's examples, he was resolved that every person should have access to the Truth.
Reaching an utterly hostile nation for Christ: despite devastating losses, the blackest depression, and a depost's torture was the price Judson paid to display a mighty Savior. His unbreakable attachment to the Word and faith in God moved him to pioneer a Christian force that remains to this day.
Awakening the cause of world missions: motivated Paton to both tally fellow laborers worldwide to the harvest and courageously live among cannibals so they could be claimed for Jesus. His ministry became a story that would tumper the call of missions for generations to come.
These three men were faithful ambassadors who endured a thousand momentary afflicitions and daily deaths so that others could reap an eternity in heaven. May their faithfulness and sacrifice intensity your passion to make Christ's love and value known among the nations.