Susan Rodgers

Saturday, January 06, 2007

He is No Fool

Recently, while driving, I popped in an old Twila Paris CD, one that impacted my life when I was in the 8th grade. I told my kids to listen carefully to the words of a song that includes a quote by Jim Elliot, one of the missionaries martyred along with Nate Saint. (The story is told in movie The End of the Spear.)

Here are a few of the words:

There once was a man
Born of high circumstance
Heir to advantage
He had every chance to succeed

But light from the Cross
Made his dreams appear small
And to their surprise
He went far from it all

For the love of His Savior
For one priceless jewel
They could not understand
So they called him a fool

He is no fool
If he would choose
To give the thing he cannot keep
To buy what he can never lose

To see a treasure in one soul
That far outshines the brightest gold
He is no fool
He is no fool

The kids were captivated as I told them about Jim Elliot, how he was killed, and then how his wife and daughter went and lived with the people who killed him, ultimately leading those people to Christ. His wife, Elisabeth Elliot, has always been one of my heroes.

I now think about the sacrifices missionaries out here have made: Businesses and career opportunities, being close with their families, nice homes, friends, etc. By the world’s standards, they are fools. But by God’s standards, they are making very wise, eternal investments with great dividends. And they’ll all tell you they are blessed in this life as well, which is a fulfillment of the scripture Luke 18:29:

“Has anyone left home or family for God’s kingdom? They will receive many times as much in this world. In the world to come, they will live forever.”

So, I can see with my mind’s eye these people lifting their lives to God, hands cupped and arms outstretched, a living sacrifice to Him. It is a beautiful thing. Although it is still sometimes painful, it is not a foolish choice.

“He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” –Jim Elliot


  • For what shall if profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

    For to me to live is Christ--and to die is gain!

    The choice is clear! I choose to serve Him!

    By Blogger Jean Ohlerking, at 10:59 AM  

  • I am so lucky that I get to sevre with such AWESOME people!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:36 PM  

  • I have never listened to that song. I will now.

    Did you intend on posting this so close to the anniversary of Jim Elliots death?

    have you ever listened to this sermon?

    By Blogger Holiday At The Sea, at 1:09 PM  

  • Hey Miss Sue,

    Have you seen the movie "End of the Spear"? I cry everytime I see it. Not because of the missionaries that died, but rather, the family that forgave. Reminds me of the trip "On the road to Mozambique" when your husband ministered forgiveness to me.

    Keep well.

    By Blogger AaronBrousBroussard, at 2:14 PM  

  • I didn't realize the anniversary of Jim Elliot's death was close. Crazy that I'd be thinking about this story. I haven't listened to that sermon. I'll have to check it out. thx for the info. And thx for commenting!

    By Blogger Susan Rodgers, at 9:42 PM  

  • This song brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. You see, I tried what the song says, but in my own power -- not in the Lord's power -- and failed. It is something I will never be able to do. I hope some young person reads this and does it in God's way, not in my way.

    By Anonymous Brent, at 2:23 PM  

  • Oh Brent,

    I'm sorry to hear about the pain in your heart. Please know that NOTHING is beyond God's ability to redeem and make new. He's in that business, and He's an expert at it. Wherever you are in life, right now He has an amazing destiny for you. Believe it, and embrace it!

    I will be praying for you!


    By Blogger Susan Rodgers, at 5:50 AM  

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