“And people who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
Nate Saint, martyr

Nate Saint was a member of the Operation Auca team. Their missionary work and martyrdom has been written about by Elizabeth Elliot in “Through Gates of Splendor” and also made in to a Movie “The Tip of the Spear.”

Each of us have 24 hours in our day, 7 days in our week, 365 days in our year. No one has more and no one has less. The measure of our lives is not how much time we have, rather, what we actually do with the life God has given us. You and I have a choice, we can waste our lives, spend our lives, or we can invest our lives.

A Wasted Life ends with nothing to show. We look back and ask where the years have gone because we have nothing of value to measure them with.

A Spent Life ends with some substance at hand; what is gained and what is produced has been for personal benefit. We have created a comfortable life for ourselves, our children, perhaps even our grandchildren.

An Invested Life produces fruit that out lasts, perhaps even increases, once we are gone. Life expended on purpose for people and for the mission of God.

Nate Saint reminds us of the value of an invested life. The Bible reminds us that our lives are short. Rather than fighting against this truth, let’s accept the challenge Nate Saint places before us. Pursue eternal significance.

Lord Jesus, I do not want to gain the world and lose my soul. Lead me into a life of eternal value, not for my glory but for Your Glory Alone.

Scott Hildreth Administrator
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also produces content on his own blog at www.dshildreth.com.
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