"If you want to be a slave of Christ, you have to BE a slave of Christ." One of our elders used this seemingly repetitive phrase in a recent lesson. I knew what he meant. It's one thing to say we are his slaves, another to live like it. A slave owns nothing. Not her time, not her possessions, not her family. Even her actions are proscribed by her master. A slave does her master's will, period.
This is the kind of attitude that Jim Elliot had. In the mid 1950s, Jim and four of his missionary friends were killed in the jungles of Ecuador by the very people they were trying to convert. Elisabeth Elliot, Jim's wife, wrote an account of the events in Through Gates of Splendor. In reading the book, the thing that kept coming to the front of my mind was Jim's slave-like attitude.