When the first missionaries went to St. Thomas, they could not get near the suffering and degraded slaves until they took part in their bondage and asked the masters to make them slaves also. Then they were received with perfect confidence and were able to bring multitudes of the poor suffering ones to Christ. They trusted them when they saw that they had become identified with their very own lives and lot. “Praise be to the Lord the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people” (Luke 1:68).
But He comes closer. These missionaries could work by the side of the slave, but they could not come into their hearts.
— AMG Bible Illustrations