I was writing a research essay on the missionary Jim Elliot for school, and I came across a quote that really struck me. It goes as follows:
“We are so utterly ordinary, so commonplace, while we profess to know a Power the Twentieth Century does not reckon with. But we are “harmless,” and therefore unharmed. We are spiritual pacifists, non-militants, conscientious objectors in this battle-to-the-death with principalities and powers in high places. Meekness must be had for contact with men, but brass, outspoken boldness is required to take part in the comradeship of the Cross. We are “sideliners” — coaching and criticizing the real wrestlers while content to sit by and leave the enemies of God unchallenged. The world cannot hate us, we are too much like its own. Oh that God would make us dangerous!”― Jim Elliot
This whole thing impacted and challenged me, but what struck me the most was that final sentence:” Oh that God would make us dangerous!” It kind of knocked me down. We, as Christians are so “harmless” now, so eager to please and scared to offend. At the first sign of offense we back off, afraid of ever hurting someone’s feelings. I would rather please God and offend someone else than take into account someone else’s- even my own- feelings and turn my back on God’s words. Matthew 6:33 says,” But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
First. Seek God first; before you worry about tomorrow, before you seek your own welfare. Notice it doesn’t say, ” Seek first the approval of men.” or ,” Seek first to preserve your life.” No, it says to seek God first. That means we need to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ before everything. This is going to offend some people. Jesus was a pretty controversial guy! He wasn’t the harmless, nice guy that He’s been made out to be- no, he was dangerous! His mere existence offended and angered people, let alone what he preached and did.
It is my hope and prayer that we don’t lose sight of what is most important in this life. I pray that we remember just how great our God is, and how tiny and small- sighted our own perspective is. I think it’s when we truly realize just how great the things He’s done for us are that we can become dangerous, warriors standing unashamed of our God. Never wavering from the Truth and reveling in the might of our great Savior.