Today’s Scripture: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Adoniram Judson labored in Burma for forty years, being faithful to his call. He had been raised in a devout home, but as a young man in college he started hanging out with a group of skeptical college students. This led to Judson’s abandonment of his childhood faith. Later, his close friend, Jacob Eames, who was a skeptic, fell violently ill and died. This shook Judson.

Judson returned to the faith of his childhood. He and his wife became the first American missionaries to Burma. He knew he would be meeting with the famed missionary William Carey who didn’t believe in infant baptism. As a Congregationalist, Judson decided to bone up on his arguments for infant baptism on the way over and as he read Scripture, he realized infant baptism wasn’t there. He knew they couldn’t start churches that had infant baptism.

When they arrived in Calcutta, they resigned from their missionary board and became Baptists. Now they were without any financial sponsorship.

How many of us would be that committed to a belief that we would be willing to resign from our own mission board right as we embark on a life of missions in a strange country?

Judson eventually translated the Bible into Burmese, edited several dictionaries and lexical tools, and wrote a number of tracts.

You will go through difficult times in leadership. Don’t lose in the first round, the second round, or the third. You’re in good company. Christ was despised. He was rejected. Be faithful and God will bring you to the front.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder