“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”Jim Elliot
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
Mark 8:35 NKJV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV
Jim Elliot was a young 29 year old missionary when he and four other missionary men were murdered by an unreached people group, the Aucas, in Ecuador on January 8, 1956. These men knew they were going to a tribe that was known to have killed all outsiders that had come into their territory. Though armed with a pistol, Jim had determined beforehand that he would not use it to kill an Auca who did not know Jesus. He and the other men laid down their lives to reach the unreached with the gospel of Christ. Each of those men experienced the truth of Jesus’ words in Mark 8:35.
Two years after his death, Jim’s wife, Elizabeth, and their young daughter, Valerie, along with Rachel Saint, the sister of one of the other slain men, went to live in this same Auca village among the people who had killed their loved ones. Many came to know Jesus. God truly works all things together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
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Featured image by August R. Ohman, cartographer, 1902, from the Library of Congress CCO Images via Canva.