Francis Xaiver was a missionary in India in 1541 and he also preached in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan.
Historians estimate that 700,000 Aisans were saved because of his work.
He wrote a very beautiful hymn reflecting on his own life.
Here it is:
My God, I love thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
nor yet because who love thee not
are lost eternally.
Thou, O Lord Jesus, thou didst me
upon the cross embrace;
for me didst bear the nails and spear,
and manifold disgrace,
And griefs and torments numberless,
and sweat of agony;
yea, death itself; and all for me
who was thine enemy.
Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
should I not love thee well,
not for the sake of winning heaven,
nor any fear of hell;
not with the hope of gaining aught,
not seeking a reward;
but as thyself hast loved me,
O ever loving Lord!
So would I love thee, dearest Lord,
and in thy praise will sing,
solely because thou art my God
and my most loving King.
You can sing along or just listen to the organ music that goes with this hymn at: http://www.oremus.org/hymnal/m/m115.html Please visit this site and hear the tune! Its beautiful!
I think we should think about this hymn and try to think, why do we love God? Just because thats the only way we get to heaven? This question is a very big question, take time for your answer.
I love Jesus Christ because He graciously died for me on the cross because He didn’t want me to be lost eternally.