“Make of Me a Crisis Man”

Jim_ElliotThe last blog post I made introduced the subject of heroes.  I ended the article asking you who your heroes are.  I hope you have some great memories of great lives like I do.  For a few articles I am going to be reflecting on some people God has used to challenge me and inspire me to want to give my all to God.

I can’t remember the first time I heard about Jim Elliot but I know that if he were alive today I would want to be his friend.  He was passionate about seeing God do something with his life, driven to get stuff done, and sold out to whatever God had.  At the time he was just a regular guy with a big dream to see God do something big with people that did not even know there was someone named Jesus.  He, his four friends, and their families moved to Ecuador in 1952 to begin reaching out to the primitive Auca tribe.  The details of their outreach can be read in Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot.  On Sunday January, 8, 1956 the people for whom they had prayed for a total of six years brutally killed Jim and his four friends.  What followed in the years to come can only be described as an incredible work of God.  Jim Elliot and his friends have touched thousands of young people in profound ways in the 50+ years since their deaths.  Why has Jim Elliot become a hero for me?  Because of statements in his journals (Shadow of the Almighty, Elisabeth Elliot) like this:

[He makes] His ministers a flame of fire, Am I ignitible?  God deliver me from the dread asbestos of ‘other things.’ saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be aflame.

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.

Probably the single phrase that God has used to stir more young people in the past few generations, “He is no fool to give what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.”

The lives of Jim and his friends confront some core things about modern young adult culture that I would like to explore in another article.  To conclude, I want to just say, “God, raise up more crisis men and women: people who see eternal things more clearly than they see life right now. God, raise up a generation of young radicals who believe that a life in the hand of God is a powerful tool!”

One Response

  1. “God, raise up more crisis men and women: people who see eternal things more clearly than they see life right now. God, raise up a generation of young radicals who believe that a life in the hand of God is a powerful tool!”

    Amen!! I love it!!

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