Obedient and Committed

When British minister W.E. Sangster first noticed an uneasiness in his throat and a dragging in his leg, he went to his physician. It was found that he had an incurable muscle disease that would result in gradual muscular atrophy until he died. Rather than retreat in dismay, Sangster threw himself into his work in British home missions. He figured he could still write and that he would have even more time for prayer. He prayed, “Lord, let me stay in the struggle….. I don’t mind if I can no longer be a general.” He wrote articles and books, and helped organize prayer cells throughout England. When people came to him with words of pity, he insisted, “I’m only in the kindergarten of suffering.”

Over time, Sangster’s legs became useless. He completely lost his voice. But at that point he could still hold a pen and write, although shakily. On Easter morning just a few weeks before he died, he wrote a letter to his daughter, saying, “It is terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to shout, ‘He is risen!’-but it would be still more terrible to have a voice and not want to shout.”

The person who is called is the one who hears God’s call and responds with a resolute, “Yes,” regardless of his circumstances.

We obey his commands and do what pleases him. ~ 1 John 3:22