These are the words of a man who lived his life in the light of the Resurrection. Just over fifty years ago Jim Elliot and four missionary companions were speared to death on a remote river beach in Ecuador, South America. The missionaries were there to share the gospel of Jesus Christ—the Risen One—with the Auca Indian tribe. They gave their lives to share with others about the God who is greater than death. In the light of the Resurrection, they found the freedom to truly live.
How are you living your life? Are you living in freedom? As the sun rises over the empty tomb on this Easter morning are you living in the light of the Resurrection? Are you living to the hilt your life and your situation in God? Regardless of where you are, what your condition, or whom you are with—you can live your story fully and completely for Jesus Christ—leaving the details to be played out in the eternal light of the Resurrection.
Today, the Auca Indian tribe exists as a community of Christ followers. The warriors who brandished the machetes and spears so long ago are now preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their own people and to neighboring tribes. Some of the warriors have passed on from this life and are now walking the streets of heaven with Jesus, Jim Elliot and the other missionaries. In the light of the Resurrection, their story continues—and so does ours. Eternity will tell the stories of our lives.
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain that which he cannot lose.”—Jim Elliot
He is Risen! Live life to the hilt.