A Life Well-Spent


Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming and Roger Youderian were martyred in Ecuador for the Gospel sake at the hands of the Auca Indians, January 1956.   You can read the story here: Did They Have to Die?  At the conclusion of yesterday morning’s message from Mark 8:27-38, I shared the following quotes from Nate Saint.

“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 … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”

“If God would grant us the vision, the word sacrifice would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short, we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ. May God help us ourselves by the eternities that separate the Aucas from a Comprehension of Christmas and Him, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor so that we might, through his poverty, be made rich.” (Written two weeks before he was martyred.)

Nate Saint was known for adventure living throughout his childhood until his death.  That adventurous nature was turned into being driven by a desire to live for Christ and to reach the lost for Christ at any cost.   His life was a life well-spent.

  • How did you spend your life yesterday? Who or what is your life consumed with today?
  • Is denial, death and resurrection your life story? (Mark 8:34; Philippians 3:10)
  • Are you distracted or daring in your life for Christ?
  • When you stand before Christ at the Bema, will you have accomplished anything by the power of God that has eternal significance? (2 Corinthians 5:9-11)

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