New Year, Same Goal

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Happy New Year!

I hope that in 2013 you manage to loose 10 lbs, make it to the gym 3 times a week, quit smoking, and/or finish the great American novel.  But for Christians – rather than trying harder to be better people, what we really need to do is be more Christ-like.

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
(Titus 3:1-2 ESV)

Remind them; nothing new, just an encouragement to keep doing the things we already know.  Be salt and light, keep building the Kingdom.  And don’t worry about turning over a new leaf; if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.  Welcome to 2013.

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15 thoughts on “New Year, Same Goal

  1. Well said. My goal for 2013 is to seek Him earnestly, which I derived from Hebrews 11:6. This would be as opposed to time with Him being like only a task on my daily to do list.

  2. My resolution is the same as I have made every day since I first read it – words written in the journal of missionary Jim Elliot a few days before he was killed by the Auca Indians . . .
    “So live, that when you come to die, you have nothing left to do, but die”

  3. Auca is a native word meaning “savage.” If you watch the movie End of the Spear, they only refer to that people group as Waodoni. Elizabeth Elliot offers explanation in her book “Through Gates of Splendor” on which the movie was based.

    The Elliot’s boldly carried the Gospel to people that needed to hear it. He expressed in his journal that mission work was more important than his life. As far as foolishness goes “The preaching of the cross is foolishness to them that perish, but for those of us that are being saved it is the power of God.” The families of the four men killed in Ecuador attempting to make contact with the Waodoni continued that ministry and led many to Christ. We should all be so foolish.

  4. Jesus, Stephen, Paul, basically all the Apostles got themselves killed. Is that the only criteria?

    For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. -Matthew 16:25

    Again, the payoff was the salvation of many Waodoni. (See my comment above if you missed it.)

  5. Clark, well said, however once dead we can’t carry the gospel to anyone. The naivety I assign to Jim Elliot is that, In my opinion, his death could have been avoided if he had not run into the forest without knowing hardly anything about those people. It would be like me charging into an Afghan village full of al’ Qaeda to proclaim the gospel. It just seems to me to be unwise.

    Then Jesus asked them, “When I sent you without purse, bag
    or sandals, did you lack anything?” “Nothing,” they answered. He said to them, “But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. (Luke 22:35-36)

  6. In the meantime Gary I looked over several of your blog posts to see if you were a troll (one that makes comments just to start fights) or legitimately asking the question. I found your handling of the pork question qualifies you as one that has studied and understands the scriptures.

    In the Waodoni’s case time was of the essence. They were about to encounter modern culture for better or for worse, and it would likely have resulted in the elimination of their entire people. Perhaps Elliot was a little naive, Going in at that time was inadvisable, but then again waiting would have been disastrous. In the end the Waodoni were saved, in more ways than one.

    And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. -Matthew 10:28

  7. Well here is the question…Did Jim’s death make a way for other to reach the Auca? And others?

    Some people are called to go running into the fire. “My ways are not YOUR ways.” If Jesus called me to go running into the village of al’ Qaeda or Orthodox Jews or a bunch of housewives I MUST GO. We are call to bring the Gospel to all nations no matter the cost.

  8. I was thinking about this last night. Here is something that came out of Jim’s death. A very wise and strong Elizabeth Elliot. Her ministry is lasting and true. She was able to present Jesus in a way that few can. Her wisdom about living after someone very close to you dies in not without cost. She reached countless people.

    Elizabeth is a true teacher of the Gosple. Her life shows Jesus in so many ways. She could say “Live like me like I live like Messiah” Like Paul Himself. If Jim did not die would we have Elizabeth? Most likely not. Mostly because women are looked down on by MEN. Was it not a woman that told the disciples that Jesus was ALIVE on the first day???

    The devil took what God created and twisted it. Then God/Jesus turned around for good. Death is one “thing” that looks bad to us but is not always wrong. Jesus HIMSELF took the cross for you. Over coming Death by Death. Praise Jesus. He is the Worthy Lamb.

    My mother was deeply touched by her life.

  9. ” If Jim did not die would we have Elizabeth? Most likely not.”

    That may be a leap in logic, though certainly Jim’s death played a role in her ministry being shaped. God was certainly at work in those events to bring people to the Gospel and ultimately himself.

    “Mostly because women are looked down on by MEN.”

    I know you’re not man-bashing on my blog (seeing as how I’m a man and all). Yes, women were the first witnesses to the resurrection; women also funded the ministry of Jesus and the Apostles. The New Testament acknowledges that without women their would be no men; even Jesus had a a mother. But I’ve never denied these things. One of the few rules of this forum is “Play nice.”

  10. man-bashing? No. I don’t know about you but I have been a believer for over 30 years and I have seen many things. One thing is the way woman are treated in the Body of Messiah. It is not always good. That is a fact.

    No man-bashing.

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