TRUE DUTY IS ETERNAL



How could we ever believe that you can retain your freedoms by killing another human being?
And yet we continue to send our children to kill and be killed under the notion that it is their duty – that they are our heroes. If we are truly Christians, we would rather die and go to Heaven than risk sending a soul to an eternal Hell. It is only Christ who makes us free.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

– Sharon Upshur



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Posted on December 3, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian, after befriending Auca Indians in Ecuador, seeking to freely offer them the bread of life, were each met with spears and machetes and died in the service of their Lord Jesus Christ.

    Although viewed as tragic by many, Jim Elliot would have never agreed. If you were able to ask him today he would speak from heaven saying, “It was worth it!”. The Lord used Jim’s death to reach more lost than Jim could have done if he’d lived. Jim’s death raised awareness to the missionary cause and inspired many to head to the mission field. Our Lord brought Jim and the others to their eternal home early and abundantly gave them their hearts’ desire: the manifest joy of their Lord in heaven; the Aucas were later reached and many saved; awareness for the need of missions increased in the church; and many more missionaries heard the call.

    The wives of these men and sister of Nate must also be included among the heroes of the story. Each of them returned to the mission field afterward or served mission work in some capacity. Marilou McCulley returned to Quito, in Ecuador, to set up a home for missionary children who attended school in the city. Olive Fleming helped her set up the school before returning to the States. Barbara Youderian returned to work among the Jivaro Indians. Marj Saint (Nate’s wife) took up a new post in Quito, Ecuador. Rachel Saint (Nate’s sister) and Elizabeth Elliot continued to work among the Indians in Ecuador.

    A few years later Rachel and Elizabeth were able to make contact with Aucas and amazingly lived for years among the very people that had killed the ones they loved, living even among the very men that committed the act. Ironically, during Jim’s college years he believed the rigors of pioneer missionary work was to be undertaken by single men unencumbered by the domestic responsibilities associated with married life. It was the women these men brought with them who saw the realization of their vision.

    “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.” (John 12:25-26)

    “Father, take my life, even my blood if You will, and consume it with Your enveloping fire. I would not save it for it is not mine to save. Have it, Lord, have it all. Pour out my life as an oblation for the world. Blood is only of value as it flows before Your altars.” Jim Elliot.

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