Jim Elliot, inspirational missionary martyred today in 1956 in the Amazons. Some of his diary excerpts to wet you appetite:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” (1949)

One treasure, a single eye, and a sole master. (1948)

God, I pray Thee, light these idle sticks of my life and may I burn for Thee. Consume my life, my God, for it is Thine. I seek not a long life, but a full one, like you, Lord Jesus. (1948)

Saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame. But flame is often short-lived. Canst thou bear this, my soul? Short life? In me there dwells the spirit of the Great Short-Lived, whose zeal for God’s house consumed Him. ‘Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.’ (1948)

As your life is in His hands, so are the days of your life. But don’t let the sands of time get into the eye of your vision to reach those who sit in darkness. They simply must hear. (1948)

I must not think it strange if God takes in youth those whom I would have kept on earth till they were older. God is peopling Eternity, and I must not restrict Him to old men and women. (1950)

The will of God is always a bigger thing than we bargain for. (1952)

Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a mile post on a single road; make me a fork, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.


3 thoughts on “IN MEMORIAM: JIM ELLIOT

  1. Thank you for these. A great missionary hero. Interesting that he quotes Amy Carmichael in the third quote (Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God) – another of my heros of the faith. Where are people like that today?

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