Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Nate Saint: expendable

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Commemoration of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming, martyrs, Ecuador, 1956
    When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
    —Revelation 6:9-11 (NIV)
    Missionaries constantly face expendability. 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. They forget that when their lives are spent and the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.
    Some might say, isn’t it too great a price to pay? When missionaries consider themselves—their lives before God—they consider themselves expendable. And in our personal lives as Christians isn’t the same thing true? Isn’t the price small in the light of God’s infinite love?
    ... Nate Saint (1923-1956), quoted in Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint, Russell T. Hitt, Zondervan, 1974, p. 158 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 96:10; Isa. 43:5-7; Matt. 10:16-23,34-39; 24:9; 28:19-20; Mark 13:9-13; 16:15; Luke 21:12-19; John 15:18-19; Acts 1:8; 9:15-16; 13:2-4,47; 21:30-31; 26:16-18; 1 Cor. 16:8-9; Rev. 6:9-11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your will is carried out all over the world.
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