He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose

-Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot was a member of the famous missionary team to the Aucca Indians. He, along with several other missionaries were murdered by natives and his story is recorded in the book Through Gates of Splendor.

What are you struggling to keep safe?

Your Family

Your Reputation

Your Money

Your Job

Which of these do you have control over? Which could not be taken away through no fault of yours, or even as you worry and work to preserve them?

There is nothing wrong with any of these things, or most of the other things you would add to my list. Christians rarely choose bad things, we simply choose “good” things at the expense of the “best.”

Jim Elliot’s famous quote is a startling reminder that it is possible to sacrifice the best in order to preserve the good.

George Beverly Shea famously sang:

I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold,

I’d rather be His than have riches untold;

I’d rather have Jesus than worldly applause,

I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;

How about you? Could you sing these words and mean them? I am praying that I can…

Father in Heaven, you are our portion and living for you is our only hope of success and fulfillment. Guide me today to make much of what you think is best and to let everything else fall away.


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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