God’s Fools?


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

Not long after Jim Elliot wrote those words, he, Nate Saint, and three missionary friends were speared to death by natives known to other Ecuadorian tribes as Aucas, “savages.”

Astonishingly, Jim’s widow and Nate’s sister persisted. Curious as to how these women could possibly forgive them, the Aucas allowed Elisabeth, Rachel, and their children to come and live among them. Just a few years later, Nate’s son Steve was baptized–by two of the men who’d murdered his father–in the river where his father had died.

God’s love is sharper than any spear.

At first a dozen, then hundreds, and eventually thousands of lives were transformed.   By a decision to give what cannot be kept in exchange for what cannot be lost.

God, make me such a fool.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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15 Responses to God’s Fools?

  1. gerrymackrell says:

    The power of forgiveness is very evident in this story.

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  2. Now that is one testimony!….. God is Good

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  3. jedidahmoses says:

    An absolutely surrendered life.

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  4. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the reminder, this has been one of my favorite quotes and biography. I am also reminded of a more recent happening, Graham Staines , the Australian Missionary who was killed along with his two sons in India. His wife Gladys and their daughter forgave and continued to serve. Amazing testimonies

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  5. oneta hayes says:

    Some of God’s people are amazing. Being sold out to God can be the greatest of adventures, but that dedication is rare and not for wimps! To live is Christ and to die is gain. This story involves both. Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. Great post Mitch! One of my favorite books is “Through Gates of Splendor”. Jim Elliot and his wife were inspirational.

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  7. Thank you for your very profound, yet concise, review of this story. Years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Elizabeth Elliott and hearing her share her side of the story. Their passion and commitment continue to challenge me to this day! I especially love that opened with that quote! OUTSTANDING Mitch… as always! Have a blessed Sunday! 🙂

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  8. Andreea Sufaru (Gutu) says:

    Thank you for this remembrance. May their intercessions be with us always!


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  9. carhicks says:

    I have also read these books and the men and their families are very inspirational.

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