How to save your life

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On the morning of April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting rampage that killed 12 students and one teacher. One of those students was Cassie Bernall. Cassie, 17, was praying as she was hiding under a table when Eric Harris asked her if she believed in God. When she answered, “yes,” Eric fatally shot her.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

While we can never be sure what the outcome would have been had Cassie answered, “no,” we can rest assured that she died for her faith. She did not give up on her eternal life to save this life. She counted “all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” (Phil 3:8 KJV)

The same can be said for Jim Elliot. On January 8, 1956 was a missionary to the Huaorani people of Ecuador. Jim and five other missionaries on the trip were killed by the Huaorani. To some people, this might seem like a wasted life. Why would God allow this to happen? Was it a mistake to try to evangelize these horrible people?

“Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” – Luke 17:33 KJV

A couple years later, Elisabeth Elliot, Jim’s widowed wife, made the same journey to Ecuador to evangelize to the Huaorani people. They were so impressed by Elisabeth’s love and willingness to evangelize to her husband’s murderers that many of them gave their life to Christ!

Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” We are told in Luke 17:33, “Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” The truth of the matter is this life is merely a flicker of time, given to us by God. What we do with it determines how bright that flicker shines. If we try to preserve our life in comfort, we will choke the flame; but if we let the Spirit of God fan the flames, it will be a blazing fire for Christ!


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