Quotes (840)

Jim Elliot Consider the call of the Throne above, “Go ye,” and from round about, “Come over and help us,” and even the call from the damned souls below, “Send Lazarus to my brothers, that they come not to this place.”

Impelled, then, by these voices, I dare not stay home while Quichuas perish. So what if the well-fed church in the homeland needs stirring? They have the Scriptures, Moses, and the Prophets, and a whole lot more. Their condemnation is written on their bank books and in the dust on their Bible covers.

American believers have sold their lives to the service of Mammon, and God has His rightful way of dealing with those who succumb to the spirit of Laodicea.

– Jim Elliot

1927 – 1956

5 thoughts on “Quotes (840)

  1. That is a great quote. Here is another Jim Elliot quote on the same subject:

    “That delight—in God—is the thing that brings desire in the heart to do good, and desire is beneath everything. If there is no desire to do God’s will, then the doing of God’s will is just outward conformity, and God doesn’t appreciate it at all.

    “Now desire is more than just willingness. I once worked for the Foreign Missions Fellowship, which is a group of collegiate kids who are considering going to the mission field. You know, every time I would talk to some Christians in college, their big cry about the mission field was, ‘Well you know, I’m willing to go. I’m quite willing to go to the mission field. Very willing to go. Willing. But I need a call from God (or some such thing) because I don’t feel as if I’m sent to the mission field.’ Well, I’m telling you that passive willingness is not desire. I was willing to go to the mission field a long time before I willed to go to the mission field. And it is the desire of the will that God wants.

    “Desire is the putting of my will into God’s concern. It’s not a passive, sitting back in your easy chair, folding your arms sort of thing, which says, ‘Well, I’m willing, if God would only give me a good swift kick and send me.’ That’s willingness all right. But God doesn’t want willingness, He wants will! He wants your will put behind those desires.”

    (Jim Elliot: A Christian Martyr Speaks To You, pages 28-29)


  2. Robert: In that quote in your comment, Jim Elliot is wrong. Jesus Christ, in Gathsamene, made it clear He did not want to go to the cross; “If it be possible, take this cup from me. Yet, not My will, but Thine be done. (Luke 22:42, capitalizations mine)” He was willing to go to the cross, and He did do so, but He did not desire to go, failing Elliot’s standard.

    If it is wrong to not want to do the will of God, then Jesus sinned, meaning our salvation is worthless. Since we know our salvation is not worthless, then obeying God’s will – even when we don’t desire to – is not wrong.


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    Christ was not unwilling to go to the cross, He was terrified of what was in the cup He drank…God’s wrath, fully spent on His Son. That’s why He asked for the cup to be taken from Him. Death wasn’t the issue, nor was it an issue of not wanting to do the Father’s will. Our Lord understood clearly what it meant to fall into the hands of the living God…this fear is absent from most in our day.

    If, by your assessment, Christ was truly afraid to die, then every martyr since Him has put Him to shame: however, we know that isn’t the case.


  4. Amen Lyn! The humanity of Jesus Christ at no point was tempted to sin and it was from before the foundation of the world that He knew He was going to the cross. He came with one purpose and that was to assuage the wrath of God the Father. There was absolutely NO WAY that He came right down to the crunch and decided to look for a way out of His coming predicament! He went willingly. There was no need to “persuade” Him or to drag Him there kicking and screaming. To state such is to deny the impeccability of the Lord Jesus Christ.


  5. Apparently there is a misunderstanding to what I said. I did not say that Christ was trying to get out of going to the cross, nor that He went unwillingly. My point was simply that the last quote said that it is not enough to obey; the person must desire to take the actions of obedience; that simply is not true, as evidenced by Christ going to the cross willingly even though He knew what was coming (the Father’s wrath in full measure) and dreaded it. There was no other way to redeem us; justice and mercy required this sacrifice. But it was something that He did not desire to go through.

    I think that cleared up my statement.


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