trACker number352 Where He Leads, Follow!
by Dudley Anderson 2/11/2011 / Devotionals
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11 February 2011
Dear God Tracker
Where He Leads, Follow!
There is a story about a great missionary called Jim Elliot who was a very talented young man with a promising carrier ahead of him in Architecture. After graduating from Wheaton College in the U.S.A. Jim and his young wife, Elizabeth sensed the call of God to give up a lucrative opportunity at home to become missionaries to the Auca people of Ecuador.
After making the appropriate plans, Jim and four other companions, Ed McCully, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming and Nate Smith, made contact with the Huaorani Indians of Ecuador. After several months of prayer and planning they decided to build a base a short distance from an Indian village. Encouraged by friendly encounters, they began plans to visit the Huaorani but their plans were preempted by the arrival of a larger group of 10 local men, who killed Elliot and his four companions on 8th January 1956. Shortly before these heroes of the faith were martyred, Jim Elliot wrote these timeless words in his journal, "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."
After their deaths, there were many conversions to Christianity among the indigenous tribes of this part of Ecuador. Elisabeth Elliot and her daughter Valerie continued working with the Quechua Indians and later moved on to work with the Auca Indians. Forgiveness allowed them to have amazing success with a once murderous people.
The power of God's grace in this story is most incredible. His grace was demonstrated not only by the sheer courage of these young men to give up everything and follow the cause of Christ but also by their families to forgive and to continue following that same cause. This story also demonstrates the power of the call that God has placed on all our lives. Despite the fact that these men were martyred for their faith before they could as much as quantify their success, they gained eternity in return as they gave up their lives for the purposes of God. Jesus said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it," (Matthew 10:39).
My dear God Tracker, we can take courage when we read stories like this because we know that nothing can separate us form the love of God not even a cruel death. He is with us always, in everything we go through. We can rest at ease no matter what situations we find ourselves in, so long as we continue to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways and keep our eyes on Jesus. It could be that you feel the tug of the Holy Spirit on your life, right now. It could be that you find yourself in a place where you have responded to God's call and yet you are coming under attack for your choices. Let me encourage you, there is nothing in this universe that could pull you off-track form God's perfect will for you, so long as you continue to fix your gaze of Jesus. Whatever it is that the Lord is saying to you today, go with it; step out in faith and trust God to guide you moment by moment, no matter what the cost. Keep on acknowledging the Lord in prayer and before men and he will direct your paths. And where he leads, follow!
God-tracking is following God's lead, always.
God bless your track in life
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
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Verse of the Week
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes.
"It's not important what you achieve in life it's more important what you set in motion" --- Bill Wilson
Don't Give-up, Look-up!
Look-up and Fix Your Eyes On Jesus!
Seek First Your Purposes and Your Call on My Life
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
"O my Father it is so difficult to submit to your calling on my life. I know that you have called me in the same way that you have called every Christian to worship you and to serve you. Today I surrender my all to you, O Lord. Take all my circumstances and help me to obey and serve you in all you have called me to do. Help me to stand strong under opposition; help me to have faith for guidance and help me to trust you to meet all my needs. Lord, I know you are faithful and that you reward those who diligently look for you. Today I choose to seek first your purposes and your call on my life. Amen."
Dudley began writing for radio. He currently presents for UCB UK and writes a weekly devotional called, trACker. trACker reaches hundreds of people and is published online. Dudley also pastors a church in the UK. More at: www.godtracker.co.uk