Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Cross is the attraction

"There was no psychological grid for missionaries to pass through in those days. Dohnavur asked twenty-five simple questions, among them:

• Do you truly desire to live a crucified life? (This may mean doing very humble things joyfully for His Name's sake.)
• Does the thought of hardness [hardship] draw you or repel you?
• Do you realize that we are a family, not an institution? Are you willing to do whatever helps most?
• Apart from the Bible, can you name three or four books which have been of vital help to you? Apart from books, what refreshes you most when tired?
• Have you ever learned any classical or continental language?
• Have you ever had opportunity to prove our Lord's promise to supply temporal as well as spiritual needs?
• Can you mention any experience you have passed through in your Christian life which brought you into a new discovery of your union with the crucified, risen and enthroned Lord?

In a statement written a few years later, Amy Carmichael put it briefly: Do not come unless you can say to your Lord and to us, The Cross is the attraction."

From Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance To Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael, page 265.