Sometimes I am asked to speak to young people who are toying with the idea of being missionaries. They want to know how I discovered the will of God. The first thing was to settle once and for all the supremacy of Christ in my life, I tell them. I put myself utterly and forever at His disposal, which means turning over all the rights: to myself, my body, my self-image, my notions of how I am to serve my Master. Oswald Chambers calls it “breaking the husk of my individual independence of God.” Until that break comes, all the rest is “pious fraud”. I tell these earnest kids that the will of God is always different from what they expect, always bigger, and ultimately, infinitely more glorious than their wildest imaginings.
But there will be deaths to die. Paul found that out-daily, he said. That is the price of following the way of the cross-of course. If our object is to save others we must be clear that we cannot save ourselves. Jesus couldn’t either.
This scares people. Yet what is there to fear when Christ holds first place in our lives? Where, other than in the will of the Father, shall we expect to find significance, security, and serenity?
God’s guidance for me has been so different from my early notions-I was to be a jungle missionary for life! The complete futility, humanly speaking, of all the language work I did was a deep lesson in the supremacy of Christ. Whom had I set out to serve? My He not do as He wills, then, with His servant and with the servant’s work? Is anything offered to Christ ever wasted?…
I want to put it down right here that I have certainly “tasted the joy.” I cannot imagine a more wonderfully blessed life than mine. Faithfulness of a loving Father-that’s what I’ve found, every day of every week of every year, and it gets better.
-Elisabeth Elliot, Keep A Quiet Heart