Steve Bostrom: Let’s give ourselves again to God

Steve Bostrom

Oct. 28, 1949, 22-year-old Jim Elliot journaled seismic words still reverberating in our hearts: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

What eternal treasure did Jim have in mind? Lasting friendship.

In his journal, immediately following his inspiring thought, Elliot noted Jesus’ promise…”that when ‘it’ (‘wealth’) shall fail, ‘they’ (‘friends’) may receive you into everlasting habitations.” (Luke 16:9, KJV)

Thus, when Elliot wrote: “what he cannot keep” – he had in mind riches so many of us seek. “Cast but a glance at ‘riches’ (‘what we accumulate’), and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” (Proverbs 23:4)

Among such accumulations could be people Jim attempted to befriend but whose friendship he could not keep. As Jim read his Bible, he discovered friends can lead us into sin; they can be superficial, believing lies about us and even betraying us – like Jesus’ “friend,” Judas. (Matthew 26:48)

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