Monday, December 30, 2019

Martyn: the forerunner

Monday, December 30, 2019
    Pointing to his disciples, [Jesus] said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
    —Matthew 12:49-50 (NIV)
    I am born for God only. Christ is nearer to me than father, or mother, or sister,—a near relation, a more affectionate friend; and I rejoice to follow Him, and to love Him. Blessed Jesus! thou art all I want—a forerunner to me in all I ever shall go through, as a Christian, a minister, or a missionary.
    ... Henry Martyn (1781-1812), Life and letters of the Rev. Henry Martyn, B.D., with John Sargent, London: Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, 1862, p. 140 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 12:46-50; John 14:1-3; 1 Cor. 15:29; 1 Cor. 9:24-25; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 2:10,18; 7:25-26; 12:1-2; Jude 1:24-25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have shown me my true family.
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