I remember as a young Christian reading the book Shadow of the Almighty, written by Elizabeth Elliot, who passed away this week. The book described the life of her husband, Jim, who had died while taking the gospel to the Auca tribe in the jungle of Ecuador. Later Elizabeth herself moved to the village of the people who had murdered her husband. She lived a life of influence for Christ. I remember being overwhelmed by the faith that Jim and Elizabeth had. And felt challenged to live a life that was described by Jim in his diary.
“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.”
“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
‘…that I may burn for Thee…’
“God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life, that I may burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.”
“Rest in this – it is His business to lead, command, impel, send, call or whatever you want to call it. It is your business to obey, follow, move, respond, or what have you.”
“Oh, the fullness, pleasure, sheer excitement of knowing God on Earth! I care not if I never raise my voice again for Him; if only I may love Him, please Him. Mayhap in mercy He shall give me a host of children that I may lead them through the vast star fields to explore His delicacies whose finger ends set them to burning. But if not, if only I may see Him, touch His garments, smile into His eyes — ah then, not stars nor children shall matter, only Himself.”
Leave the choice to Him…
“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”
“There is within a hunger after God, given of God, filled by God. I can be happy when I am conscious that he is doing what He wills to do within.”
“As your life is in His hands, so are the days of your life. But don’t let the sands of time get into the eye of your vision to reach those who sit in darkness. They simply must hear.”
“The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for.”
“Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame. But flame is often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul? Short life? In me there dwells the spirit of the Great Short-Lived, whose zeal for God’s house consumed Him. ‘Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.’”
Oh, Lord, set my heart on fire. Ignite my spirit with your holiness and your passion. May my life be kindling to start fires in the hearts and minds of all I encounter.
Thank you Elizabeth and Jim, for leaving a legacy for us to model.