Jim Elliot and four comrades were killed by the Auca Indians they were seeking to reach with the Gospel. Still a young man, with so much potential when he died, yet the impact of his life continues to be felt, will follow him to eternity and issue in vast reward. It was such an understanding that led him to sacrifice his all in order to secure all God had for him.
These words he spoke drive the point home: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”
This is the Biblical principle that Paul the Apostle underscored in his message we examine today and it was the passion that undergirded his ministry. There is the miraculous effect and joyful experience of having nothing and yet holding everything.
When we have nothing—that is, when all is surrendered to Christ—then we cannot be tempted with selfishness or alarmed by fear. We see ourselves as mere stewards of God’s treasures. We manage them according to His wishes and what He wants and when He wants it is His right—if He desires to take everything, we say with Job, “
I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in
where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. .
. .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See
my shells.' That is a tragedy. Punta Gorda, Florida
“God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives.”
I rejoice that I have complete confidence in you.” (7:16)
We can be confident of reaching the goal of glad surrender, if we recognize THE GRACE OF GLAD SURRENDER as described in 2 Corinthians, chapter eight. Repeatedly Paul refers to our giving as a “grace.” He launches into the discussion with this verse: “