June 9, 2010

Nate Saint on Things That Hold Us Back

I have about 10 books I'm reading right now, piled precariously high on my bedside table. One is Jungle Pilot: The Life and Witness of Nate Saint - the inventive genius of Operation Auca by Russell T. Hitt.

I had a friend over today and we were talking about missions. We were discussing why more American Christians aren't willing to leave it all and serve Christ with their lives in places that are in desperate need of hearing the Gospel. Even Nate Saint wondered about it, too, and relates it this way:

"We make sure that we don't carry anything in the airplane that isn't necessary. When our mission bought the plane, it had nice, soft seats in it. But we found that these seats weighed amost eight pounds each. So we decided to use harder seats that weighed only one pound, and take seven pounds of extra food and cargo.

On the wheels of the plane there were nice streamlined fenders - or pants as they call them. They looked very nice but inside they were full of heavy mud. We decided to take them off too.

You know, lots of things are like that - they feel nice, or they look nice but they don't help us to get the job done. They hold us back, so we need to get rid of them. The job that the Lord Jesus Christ has for you and me is not an easy one. If you want to serve Him, if you want to help win others to Christ, you will have to choose one thing or another. It may be something you like very much but something that will hold you back. When life's flight is over, and we unload our cargo at the other end, the fellow who got rid of unnecessary weight will have the most valuable cargo to present to the Lord. Not only that. There's another secret. Two airplanes may look alike, but one may be able to lift twice the load into the air. The difference is the horsepower of the engine. Bible reading is the power of the Christian life. Dead weight doesn't do you any good and a big plane with little horsepower doesn't go anywhere."


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