I came across a quote today from Jim Elliot, the missionary to the Huaorani tribe in Ecuador. "Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God."
As my partner and I sat this morning talking and thinking about the amazing ministry the Lord has given us together for over eleven years, we reminded each other of the biblical principles we have learned along this journey. At each turn, challenge and opportunity God gave us, we wanted to “be all there.” Both of us are past three score and ten, but we want to give the Lord our all until the end. In leaving a legacy for the next generation and those who will carry on this work, we must leave them a model of finding, living and doing what we “believe to be the will of God."
For Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming, and Nate Saint, this principle of life in the Lord’s work meant death. Their example reminds me of Paul’s attitude; “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell” (Philippians 1:21–22). “To live is Christ” meant that he was giving 100% to the work of the gospel so it would be fruitful.
This raises a very important question with each of us; what are we giving? If our attitude is half-hearted, others will notice our 50% and it will have no impact on them. Whatever the Lord has given you to do, give your best, not the left-overs.
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